Trump has been after Lt. Colonel Alexander Vindman after he provided damaging testimony during the president’s impeachment trial. Last week, Vindman was reassigned from his White House job.
Trump told reporters in the Oval Office:
‘We sent him on his way to a much different location, and the military can handle him any way they want. Gen. Milley has him now. I congratulate Gen. Milley. He can have him.’
Now, Mr. Trump is suggesting that the military consider additional discipline for Vindman.
According to the Australian Associated Press:
‘Vindman, then the NSC’s top Ukraine expert, testified that Trump’s request for an investigation into former vice president Joe Biden, a potential Democratic political rival in the 2020 election, and his son Hunter during a July phone call with Ukraine President Volodymyr Zelenskiy was improper.’
That phone call was what led to Trump being impeached by the House and later acquitted in the Senate.
When Trump was asked if Vindman will face disciplinary action, he said:
‘If you look at what happened … they’re going to certainly, I would imagine, take a look at that.’
‘I obviously wasn’t happy with the job he did. First of all he reported a false call … what was said on the call was totally appropriate.’
According to the AAP:
‘Defence Secretary Mark Esper said in November that Vindman should not fear retaliation over his testimony. Esper said he had reinforced the “no retaliation” message in a conversation with the secretary of the Army.
‘Trump has repeatedly complained about Vindman’s testimony and called him insubordinate.
‘Vindman was escorted from the White House last week as was his twin brother, Yevgeny, who worked as a lawyer at the NSC and is also a lieutenant colonel.’
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