Its not much of a stretch to argue Trump was leveraging his position to get the anti-corruption activities and statement functioning up to speed as intended.
Therefore its not unreasonable for Trump to think the current Ukrainian administrator may be avoiding or slow playing recommendations by the National Agency for Corruption Prevention, as the previous administration had.
It strains credulity to think that was Trump's concern. It is a big stretch (you are gaslighting yourself). Grasping at straws by claiming Trump has motives that are entirely out of character for him. Self-gaslighting: https://aleteia.org/2018/05/09/do-yo...ight-yourself/
"I think some of us start self-gaslighting when we’ve been gaslighted so many times by other people that it becomes the only way we really see the world. "
Vlad, do you really believe that was Trump's motive? Trump is just concerned about corruption, and it has nothing to do with Biden running in 2020, or trying to pin Russian election hacking in 2016 on Ukraine?
If you believe Trump cares about corruption in Ukraine in general, why did Trump repeatedly try to cut the US funding for the Ukraine anti-corruption programs?
Why didn't Trump mention 'corruption' in his phone call with Ukraine?
Trump did not ever mention Ukrainian corruption when talking with Zelensky. Trump only complained about Crowdstrike (debunked conspiracy), the Bidens, and the loss of the corrupt prosecutor Shokin, plus Mueller and our own ambassador Yovanovitch. Trump said:
"I would like you to do us a favor though because our country has been through a lot and Ukraine knows a lot about it. I would like you to find out what happened with this whole situation with Ukraine, they say Crowdstrike ... I guess you have one of your wealthy people... The server, they say Ukraine has.it There are a lot. of things that went on, the· whole situation .. I think you'e surrounding yourself with some of the same people. .. that whole nonsense ended with a very poor performance by a man named Robert Mueller, an incompetent performance, but they say a lot of it started with Ukraine.
I heard you had a prosecutor who was very good and he was shut down and that’s really unfair. A lot of people are talking about that, the way they shut your very good prosecutor down and you had some very bad people involved.
The former ambassador from the United States, the woman, was bad news and the people she was dealing with in the Ukraine were bad news so I just want to let you know that. The other thing, There’s a lot of talk about Biden’s son, that Biden stopped the prosecution and a lot of people want to find out about that so whatever you can do with the Attorney General would be great. Biden went around bragging that he stopped the prosecution so if you can look into it..."
Note that Biden worked to get rid of the corrupt prosecutor Shokin, the one that Trump said was "very good". The US and the EU position and official foreign policy on this matter is that this prosecutor Viktor Shokin was very corrupt himself and not doing his job prosecuting the corruption. Shokin was the reason there were no prosecutions.
"It wasn't because Shokin was investigating a natural gas company tied to Biden's son; it was because Shokin wasn't pursuing corruption among the country's politicians, according to a Ukrainian official and four former American officials who specialized in Ukraine and Europe.
Shokin's inaction prompted international calls for his ouster and ultimately resulted in his removal by Ukraine's parliament.
Without pressure from Joe Biden, European diplomats, the International Monetary Fund and other international organizations, Shokin would not have been fired, said Daria Kaleniuk, co-founder and executive director of the Anti Corruption Action Centre in Kiev. 'Civil society organizations in Ukraine were pressing for his resignation,' Kaleniuk said, 'but no one would have cared if there had not been voices from outside this country calling on him to go.'"
Another corrupt Ukrainian prosecutor was Yuriy Lutsenko, he was the guy that kept changing his story back and forth regarding Burisma so I doubt Trump would trust him, so Trump probably meant Shokin. "Rudy Giuliani [has] claimed – falsely – that the investigation was stopped as a result of political pressure applied by Joe Biden. Until last week, Lutsenko publicly supported that assessment. But he has since aggressively walked back that support, saying in several media interviews that during his time as prosecutor general he saw no evidence of wrongdoing by either Biden."
Maybe Trump wanted Zelensky to fire Lutsenko, which Zelensky did. Not such a loss since Lutsenko had been involved in several scandals, not a clean guy.
Lutsenko at first was cooperating with Rudy Giuliani's scheme until Zelensky was elected, and at that point Lutsenko started pushing back against Giuliani and saying he didn't want Ukraine involved:
"Lutsenko said he had urged Giuliani to launch a U.S. inquiry and go to court if he had any evidence but not to use Ukraine to conduct a political vendetta that could affect the U.S. election. Lutsenko said he met Giuliani twice in person and had numerous conversations with him on the phone. He described the former New York mayor as obsessed with possible misconduct by Biden or his son Hunter."
So yeah, it was about the Bidens, not vague 'corruption'.