Speaking to Geraldo Rivera, President Trump rejected the notion that Lt. Col Vindman was a “hero” and claimed “the building applauded” when he was escorted out.
FoxNews reports President Trump claimed that many people in the White House applauded after Lt. Col. Alexander Vindman, one of the key impeachment witnesses, left the building.
“Vindman was the guy that, when we took him out of the building, the building applauded,” Trump told “Geraldo in Cleveland” on Fox News Radio affiliate WTAM. “I don’t know if you heard that. The whole building, many people in the building started applauding.”
Trump added that he had never met Vindman but thought his actions were “very insubordinate.” “First of all, that’s very insubordinate, why wouldn’t he go to his immediate – he went to Congress or he went to Schiff or he went to somebody,” Trump said, referring to Vindman’s complaint about the president’s phone call with Ukraine. “I’m not a fan,” he added.
Vindman’s departure came in February after the Senate voted to acquit Trump in the impeachment trial fueled, in part, by the former national security official.
Vindman’s lawyer said his client was escorted out of the White House complex, told to leave in retaliation for “telling the truth.”
“The truth has cost Lt. Col. Alexander Vindman his job, his career and his privacy,” attorney David Pressman said in a statement.
The White House had not been coy about whether Trump would retaliate against those he viewed as foes in the impeachment drama. White House press secretary Stephanie Grisham said that Trump was glad it was over and “maybe people should pay for that.”
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