Per WHBL, U.S. President Donald Trump said on Tuesday the military may consider disciplining former National Security Council aide Alexander Vindman, who testified in Trump’s impeachment trial and was fired by the White House along with his twin brother.
Vindman, an Army lieutenant colonel, provided some of the most damaging testimony during an investigation by the U.S. House of Representatives of Trump’s dealings with Ukraine.
Yahoo reports “That’s going to be up to the military — we’ll have to see,” Trump told reporters on Tuesday. He said he “certainly” imagined the military would “take a look at that.”
Trump dismissed Lt. Col. Alexander Vindman, an Army soldier for 20 years who received a Purple Heart, from the National Security Council on Friday, reassigning him to the Defense Department.
Vindman was escorted from the White House after his dismissal, two days after the Republican-controlled Senate acquitted Trump of allegations of abuse of power and obstruction of Congress in his impeachment trial.
Vindman in November told the House Intelligence Committee that Trump’s July 25 phone call with Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky was concerning to him and prompted him to raise objections within his chain of command out of a “sense of duty.”
The call was the center of a whistleblower complaint that led to Trump’s impeachment.
Trump told reporters on Tuesday that he “obviously wasn’t happy with the job he did” and that Vindman’s account of the conversation was “very different” from his “perfect call.”
“We sent him on his way to a much different location, and the military can handle him in any way they want,” Trump said.
“General Milley, he can have him,” Trump said, referring to chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, US Army Gen. Mark Milley.