On Saturday President Donald Trump defended the firing of Lt.
Col. Alexander Vindman through National Security Council saying he was “very subordinate”
On Friday, Trump fired two main testimonies for impeachment, dismissing Vindman, Ukraine’s top expert on the Council, and Gordon Sondland, the European Union’s US ambassador. the firings of the key impeachment witnesses were meant to send a message that did not tolerate siding with the President an Adviser of Trump told CNN.
Lt Col Vindman was escorted from the White House on Friday before Mr Sondland, then US ambassador to the EU, said he was advised that the president supposed to “remember him immediately effective.”
Lt Col Vindman’s twin brother, Yevgeny Vindman, a senior lawyer for the National Security Council was also sent back to the army department.
Mr Trump said in a series of tweets that Lt Col Alexander Vindman, a top Ukraine expert, misrepresented the contents of a “perfect” phone call that was at the base of his impeachment.
While, Vindman told other officials with the National Security Council of concerns regarding Trump’s July 25 phone call with Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky.
The Trump also criticized the performance of Vindman’s work, saying his superior had sent him a “horrendous” report that he had issues with judgment and information leakage. During the November congressional testimony, Tim Morrison, Vindman’s boss at the time and a former top Russia and European National Security Council advisor, challenged Vindman’s judgment.
Mr Trump attacked the reputation of Lt Col Vindman in his first official response to the firings, as well as coverage from US broadcasters CNN and MSNBC. He intentionally mispelled MSNBC as “MSDNC,” a reference to the National Committee for Democracy (DNC).
Trump wrote “Actually, I don’t know him, I never spoke to him or met him (I don’t believe!) but, very insubordinate, he reported the contents of my ‘ perfect ‘ calls incorrectly, & was given a horrendous report by his superior, the man he reported to, who publicly declared that Vindman had problems with judgment, adhered to the chain of command and leaked information”.
During his testimony, Vindman defended himself by saying he reported his issues about the phone call on July 25, as he was primarily aimed to do. He also brought a critique from his former boss, then-White House Russia advisor Fiona Hill, who appreciated his efficiency, to address the question raised by Morrison.
In addition to others, Morrison had indicated that it was Hill who informed him of Vindman’s decision.
Hill testified that “I was worried that if Colonel Vindman, for instance, were to decide to leave the military, he might not be as well suited for something that would be much more political,”.
She further added, “I didn’t feel that he had the political antenna to deal with something that strayed into domestic politics.Not everyone is fit for that. That doesn’t mean I was questioning his overall judgment in any way, nor was I questioning his substantive competence in any way.
However, Vindman’s lawyer also criticized the Tweets of Trump which he posted on Saturday and said that the comments which he gave are “Absolutely false”.
The Senate Minority Leader Chuck Schume said, “Has any ‘ President ‘ ever been more disrespectful to U.S. service members?” after weighing in on President’s tweets about Vindman on Saturday.
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