The president has been trying to sully the reputation of purple heart recipient Lt. Col. Alexander Vindman ever since he found out that Vindman would be testifying about his knowledge of the Ukraine scandal. Trump took to his Twitter page on numerous occasions to spread lies about Vindman, and even accusing him of being a traitor to the country.
Now, Vindman’s legal counsel, David Pressman has released a statement about the president’s constant smears:
“By using the power of his office to repeatedly humiliate and punish those following the law, the president is encouraging breaking the law.”
New statement from the lawyer for Alexander Vindman on Trump’s interview w/@geraldorivera: "By using the power of his office to repeatedly humiliate and punish those following the law, the President is encouraging breaking the law."
— Rebecca Ballhaus (@rebeccaballhaus) February 13, 2020
Trump said this on the Geraldo show:
“Well, that’s what they’ve done over the years,” Trump said. “When you call a foreign leader, people listen. I may end the practice entirely. I may end it entirely.”
“Sometimes you have 25 people.”
“The only one, this guy ran and said he didn’t like the call. First of all, that’s very insubordinate. Why wouldn’t he go to his immediate—you know, he went to Congress or he went to [House Intelligence Committee chairman Adam] Schiff or he went to somebody.”
People on Twitter were of the same mind in that they are sick and tired of the president disrespecting members of the military. Below are some of the things people were tweeting about the interview:
Trump called in to radio show "Geraldo in Cleveland" ranting that he could end the policy of aides listening to calls with foreign leaders.
He said Lt. Col. Vindman was insubordinate and "when we escorted him out, the whole building applauded"
— 💙 Koko 💙 (@Kokomothegreat) February 13, 2020