Trump: I want to congratulate you on a job well done and congratulations on your amazing election.
Zelensky: Glad to hear from you. Many thanks. It's nice to hear this from you, and I appreciate your congratulations.
Trump: These were incredible choices.
Zelensky: And again, thank you very much. As you can see, we tried very hard to do our best. We took an example from you.
Trump: I think you did a great job. I have many friends in Ukraine who know you and who like you. I have many friends in Ukraine, and to be honest, they expected you to win. And what you did is amazing.
Trump: ... It seems to me that I did something similar, to some extent. We are making tremendous progress in the United States - we now have the most powerful economy in history. I just wanted to congratulate you. I have no doubt that you will be a great president.
Zelensky: First of all, I want to thank you again for your congratulations. We, in Ukraine, are in an independent state. And in independent Ukraine, we will do everything for its residents. You, as I said, are a unique example. We hope that we can succeed in our work just as you did. You will always be a great example for many. You are a great example for our new managers. I would also like to invite you to the inauguration, if possible. I understand that you are incredibly busy, but if you had the opportunity to attend the inauguration ceremony, it would be wonderful, something good for you to be with us on this day.
Trump: Well, that's very sweet. I will think about it, and please tell us the date, and at least there will be our wonderful representative. Or even several of them will be near you on this wonderful day. So at least there will be someone who represents a very, very, very high level, and he will be next to you.
Zelensky: And again: thank you, and we are waiting for your visit or the visit of the delegation. But there is not a single word with which to describe Ukraine. How lovely, welcoming and friendly our people are, how delicious and appetizing our food is, and how wonderful Ukraine is. Words cannot describe our country, so it would be great if you saw all this with your own eyes. It would be great if you had the opportunity to come. So again I invite you to visit our country.
Trump: Well, I agree with you about Ukraine and look forward to a visit in the future. When I owned the Miss Universe, they always had wonderful people. Ukraine has always been well represented. When you settle and are ready, I would like to invite you to the White House. We have a lot to talk about, but we will be with you all the way.
Zelensky: Thank you for the invitation. We accept it and look forward to a visit in the future. Thank you again. The whole team is waiting for a future meeting with you. And thank you again for your congratulations. And I still think that it would be wonderful if you were present next to us on this incredibly important day of our inauguration. The results are simply incredible, they are stunning for us. Therefore, it would be great if you were present next to us on this day.
Trump: Very good. We will let you know soon, and we will see you soon anyway. Congratulations, and please convey my regards to Ukrainians and your family. Let them know that I conveyed their best wishes from my country.
Zelensky: Thanks again. I wish you a good flight and see you soon.
Trump: Take care and give a good speech today. Take care of yourself and we will meet soon.
Zelensky: Thank you. It’s still difficult for me, but I will practice my English, and during the meeting we will speak it. Many thanks.
Trump: (Laughs) Glad to hear that! It is very good. I will not be able to speak your language. I'm very impressed. Many thanks.
Zelensky: Thank you very much. See you!
Trump: Have a nice day. Good luck.
Recall that the scandal surrounding a telephone conversation between Donald Trump and Vladimir Zelensky began after a complaint by an American intelligence informant who claimed that the US president was putting pressure on the Ukrainian leader. During the conversation, Trump several times mentioned the need to continue the investigation into the Ukrainian gas company Bursima, where he worked for the son of Joe Biden, Trump's rival in the upcoming US presidential election. This was the reason for the impeachment of the US President. In the course of the investigation, congressmen wished to establish whether Trump was holding back military assistance to Ukraine in order to push Kiev to investigate the case of Joe and Hunter Biden.