Vindman Facing Disciplinary Action from the Military, Trump Suggests
National Security Council official Lt Col Alexander Vindman may face further repercussions
Disgraced former National Security Council official Lt. Col. Alexander Vindman may be facing additional disciplinary action from the military, President Donald Trump has suggested.
After being removed from his role at the NSC last week, Vindman may now face further repercussions after he testified against President Trump.
Following Trump's acquittal by the Senate, Vindman was removed from the White House after aiding the Democrats' partisan impeachment campaign against the president.
During a press briefing on Tuesday, Trump himself made the suggestion that there may be more in store for Lt. Col. Vindman - one of Rep. Adam Schiff's star impeachment hearings witnesses.
Referring to Vindman while speaking to the press, Trump mentioned that “the military can handle him.”
One reporter followed up on the statement, asking Trump to clarify what he meant.
“That’s going to be up to the military, we’ll have to see, but if you look at what happened, they’re going to certainly, I would imagine, take a look at that,” Trump said, as reported by Politico.
According to The Daily Wire, Trump also said Vindman said “very inaccurate things” in his testimony before the House Intelligence Committee regarding the president’s phone call with Ukraine President Volodymyr Zelensky.
“It turned out that what he reported was very different,” Trump said.
“And also, when you look at the person he reports to, said horrible things, avoided the chain of command, leaked, did a lot of bad things.
"And so, we sent him on his way to a much different location, and the military can handle him any way they want.”
Trump is likely referring to the fact that Vindman broke one of the fundamental principles governing the military: Do not publicly question or refuse the orders and policies of higher-ups.
And since the president of the United States is at the top of the chain of command, Vindman broke the principle.
Whether he will be disciplined for it is anyone’s guess.
While Vindman has become a hero to the Left simply for speaking out against Trump, the Right has noted that the former military official’s qualms with Trump were policy-related and that he really had nothing to say about any crimes Trump may or may not have committed while speaking to Zelensky.
Attorney and former Army Ranger John Lucas wrote that, after Vindman’s testimony, his “questions and answers made clear he simply disagreed with the way the president was administering his chosen foreign policy.”
Two Medal of Honor recipients also chastised Vindman earlier this week for being a “chow thief” and a “spotlighter,” according to reports.
Master Sergeant (ret.) Leroy Petry said on Fox & Friends over the weekend that Vindman “couldn’t be trusted” back at Ranger School.
Vindman, according to Petry, took food (chow thief) when there was a limited supply, only worked hard when someone was watching (spotlight ranger), and irked his peers enough for them to try to get him out of Ranger School (peered out).
Petry also said Vindman let everyone know he was a liberal even though people in the military are supposed to keep it contained.
Vindman was one of the first among a house cleaning of the National Security Council.
Last Tuesday, Trump removed Vindman and his twin brother Yevgeny and will continue to remove Obama-era holdovers on the council.
Members of the NSC serve at the discretion of Trump, and he has every right to remove them.