Trump justifies ‘revenge sacking’ of ‘insubordinate’ soldier

Donald Trump has justified the sacking of an official who gave evidence against him to impeachment hearings, calling army Lieutenant Colonel Alexander Vindman “very insubordinate”.

The decorated soldier, who was working at the National Security Council, was marched out of the White House on Friday, along with his twin brother Yevgeny Vindman.

The US president said on Twitter that he “never spoke” to Lt Col Vindman, who he said “was very insubordinate” and “reported contents of my perfect calls incorrectly”.

Witness Lt. Col. Alexander Vindman asked a Republican congressman to address him according to his rank, rather than as Mister.
Image:Lt Col Vindman said he ‘couldn’t believe what he was hearing’ on the call

Lt Col Vindman “was given a horrendous report by his superior”, who said the whistleblower had problems with “judgement, adhering to the chain of command and leaking information”.

Mr Trump concluded: “In other words, ‘OUT'”

Mark Gibson

Graduates in Northwestern University, Evanston, Illinois 1990. Move to Los Angeles California in 2004. Specialized in Internet journalism.

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