President Trump on Tuesday suggested the military should consider additional disciplinary action against Lt. Col. Alexander Vindman, who provided damaging testimony against Trump in the impeachment inquiry and was “escorted” by police from his White House job last week, reports CNBC.
“We sent him on his way to a much different location, and the military can handle him any way they want,” Trump told reporters in the Oval Office.
Trump says the military should look at disciplinary action against Lt. Col. Vindman, who gave testimony in impeachment hearings about the president pic.twitter.com/yX1ysfOMQ5
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“Gen. Milley has him now,” he added, referring to the chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff. “I congratulate Gen. Milley. He can have him.”
TRUMP on Vindman:
"We sent him on his way to a much different location and the military can handle him any way they want." pic.twitter.com/0hYnKnGFZq
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Asked specifically if the Pentagon should pursue further action against Vindman, Trump said it would be “up to the military.”
“But if you look at what happened, they’re going to certainly, I would imagine, take a look at that,” he said.
Trump’s remarks on Tuesday signaled he was open to additional punishment for officials who testified against him in the impeachment inquiry.
Trump told reporters that there were more departures to come, but it was unclear if he was referring specifically to impeachment witnesses.
On Tuesday, Trump accused Vindman of leaking and going outside the chain of command.
“I obviously wasn’t happy with the job he did,” Trump said. “What was said on the call was totally appropriate. I call it a perfect call; I always will call it a perfect call.”