During a speech at Drew University on Wednesday, retired Marine Corps Gen. John Kelly slammed President Donald Trump’s criminal behavior and praised Lt. Col. Alexander Vindman for reporting Trump’s “illegal” actions toward Ukraine.
The former White House chief of staff told students that Vindman, the former National Security Council aide and impeachment witness, was simply following his military training when he reported “questionable” actions in Ukraine policy.
“He did exactly what we teach them to do from cradle to grave,” Kelly said during the event, according to The Atlantic. “He went and told his boss what he just heard.”
Trump insists his call to Ukraine president Volodymyr Zelensky was “perfect,” but Kelly accepted the conclusion by House Democrats that the president had conditioned military aid on Ukraine’s agreement to announce an investigation of Joe Biden and his son.
That would have sounded to Vindman like “an illegal order,” Kelly said — and the U.S. Army officer was duty-bound to report it.
“We teach them, don’t follow an illegal order,” Kelly said, “and if you’re ever given one, you’ll raise it to whoever gives it to you that this is an illegal order, and then tell your boss.”