Days before a key meeting with White House advisers on Ukraine, foreign leaders, including Russian President Vladimir Putin Vladimir Vladimirovich PutinThese three women are defining the race to bring Trump down. Russian-Chinese alliance erupts Russian snob Geneva Convention protocol sets dangerous precedent MORE and Hungarian Prime Minister Victor Orban announces President Trump .
Trump met with Orban on May 13, 10 days before meeting with several senior presidential advisers, including energy already leaving Secretary Rick Perry James (Rick) Richard PerryOvernight Energy: Guard warns of threats federal public lands workers Perry retired on December 1st Trump refuses to appear in Weather Channel climate, Perry special to retire on December 1. Here's what to watch this week for impeachment MORE Former Special Envoy to Ukraine Kurt Volker Kurt VolkerDiplomats low in morale in Trump's state Here's what to watch this week for impeachment Perry will not comply with the impeachment inquiry MORE and Gordon D. Sundland, ambassador to the European Union, reports The New York Times.
conversations with Orban and Putin reinforced his view that Ukraine is a corrupt nation that wants to undermine it in the 2016 presidential election, The Washington Post reports.
However, Hungarian and Russian leaders reportedly do not specifically urge Trump to ask Ukraine for information on Democratic presidential candidate and former Vice President Joe Biden Joe Biden Trump says he does not want New York in the White House Warren protests with Chicago teachers Schiff pushes back after the GOP's resolution of resolution fails MORE .
Former Homeland Security Advisor John Bolton The ghost of John BoltonGadfaffy still haunts US politicians Trump job approval drops 2 points in Gallup study Washington indecision Kurdish dilemma MORE director of the former Eurasian and Russian National Security Council opposed the Trump-Orban White House meeting, but White House Chief of Staff Mick Mulvaney John (Mick) Michael MulvaneyTrump calls GOP to fight for it Bill Press: Mulvey proves necessity for daily briefings Gingrich calls for removal of White House press after Mulvaney's briefing MORE eventually canceled them, the Post reports.
On May 23, several top Trump advisers reportedly reassured the president that Ukrainian President Vladimir Zelensky deserves US support, but Trump called the Ukrainians "awful people" who "tried to oust me" in 2016.
During the meeting, Trump's personal lawyer, Rudy Giuliani Rudy Giuliani Trump says he does not want the NYT in the White House Diplomat, which raised Ukraine's concern to testify in the Trump impeachment investigation A "fact sheet" saying Trump was "a betrayer oath "more also works to influence the president on Ukraine, as it seeks to put pressure on Kiev to provide information harmful to the Democrats. Trump then pressured Zelensky during a July 25 call to investigate Biden and his son. House Democrats launched an impeachment investigation in September amid the call revealed.
Orban's visit came during a closed-door testimony last week by George Kent, Deputy Assistant Secretary of State, according to the Post, Kent is the fourth witness in an impeachment investigation after Volker, Hill and a former U.S. ambassador to Ukraine Marie Jovanovic.