Trump To Oust Lt. Col. Vindman For Testifying Against Him: Report
Feeling completely “unleashed” to do whatever he wants without any consequences, President Donald Trump is now targetting his political enemies following his acquittal in the Senate impeachment trial.
Trump will reportedly start his wave of revenge by pushing out Lt. Col. Alexander Vindman, a National Security Council aide who testified during House Democrats’ impeachment hearings, as early as Friday, according to The Washington Post.
White House sources told The Post that Vindman will be “assigned” to a lower position within the Defense Department.
Trump on Thursday held an event in the East Room that was dubbed a celebration of his acquittal in the Senate impeachment trial.
The event followed the National Prayer Breakfast, at which Trump took jabs at Speaker Nancy Pelosi (D-Calif.) and Sen. Mitt Romney (R-Utah), the only GOP senator that voted to convict Trump on abuse of power.
“I don’t like people who use their faith as justification for doing what they know is wrong,” he said at the breakfast. “Nor do I like people who say, ‘I pray for you,’ when they know that that’s not so.”
Trump continued in the same fashion at his East Room event, calling Pelosi a “horrible person” and claiming that Romney had “no sign of principles.”
According to the paper, Trump has reportedly mocked Vindman in private and has discussed removing other national security officials that testified in the impeachment hearings.
Vindman testified that he believed that Trump demanded Ukraine investigate former Vice President Joe Biden and his son, Hunter, in order to receive military aid.