1. Mid of Secretary of State Mike Pompeo taking question from AP's Matt Lee, UPSOUND (English): "I wanted to ask about UNGA and the events around here but everything has been catapulted into another -- another topic down in Washington."
Pompeo: "Only because you've chosen to catapulted, man."
2. Reporter: "The President's lawyer, Mr. Giuliani, has said that the State Department instructed him to get involved with Ukraine -- to reach out to President (Volodymyr) Zelenskiy and his aides…"
3. SOUNDBITE (English) Mike Pompeo, U.S. Secretary of State:
"(Reporter: Are you confident that none of your staff -- that you or none of your staff did anything improper in this whole situation? Thank you."
"So Matt, I haven't had a chance to actually read the whistle-blower complaint yet. I read the first couple of paragraphs and then got busy today, but I'll ultimately get a chance to see it. If I understand it right, it's from someone who had secondhand knowledge."
4. SOUNDBITE (English) Mike Pompeo, U.S. Secretary of State:
"To the best of my knowledge and from what I've seen so far, each of the actions that were undertaken by State Department officials was entirely appropriate and consistent with the objective that we've had, certainly, since this new government has come into office. We have tried to use this opportunity to create a better relationship between the United States and Ukraine to build on the opportunities, to tighten our relationship to help end corruption in Ukraine -- this is what President Zelenskiy ran on. We're hopeful that we can help him execute and achieve that. It'd be a good thing for the Ukraine, it'd be a good thing for Europe. It would push back against Russia in important ways; as well, if we could achieve that objective. And the State Department has been working tirelessly to try and achieve that objective, and a long way to go -- a lot of work yet to do -- but everything I've seen, that our team has tried to do has been aimed squarely at that foreign policy goal."
U.S. Secretary of State Mike Pompeo says the State Department has not engaged in any improper activity regarding Ukraine and is focused squarely on trying to help Kyiv combat corruption.
Speaking in New York on the sidelines of the U.N. General Assembly on Thursday, Pompeo told reporters on Thursday in New York that to the best of his knowledge all actions taken State Department officials were "entirely appropriate."
He did not address claims from President Donald Trump's personal lawyer, Rudy Giuliani that the State Department instructed him to reach out to Ukrainian officials.