Trump’s Vindman Ouster Tweet Further Bolsters WH Retribution Campaign

WASHINGTON, DC - FEBRUARY 07: U.S. President Donald Trump speaks to members of the media prior to his Marine One departure from the White House February 7, 2020 in Washington, DC. President Trump is traveling to Cha... WASHINGTON, DC - FEBRUARY 07: U.S. President Donald Trump speaks to members of the media prior to his Marine One departure from the White House February 7, 2020 in Washington, DC. President Trump is traveling to Charlotte, North Carolina, to speaks at a “North Carolina Opportunity Now” summit. (Photo by Alex Wong/Getty Images) MORE LESS
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February 8, 2020 11:36 a.m.

President Trump weighed in on the ouster of Lt. Col. Alexander Vindman from the National Security Council in a Saturday morning tweet, appearing to bolster the White House’s references to “retribution” following the Senate’s acquittal of both impeachment charges against him.

Following his acquittal by the Senate Wednesday, the White House issued a statement asking: “Will there be no retribution?”

While speaking to reporters Friday, Trump said that he was “not happy” with Vindman when asked to respond to reports that he was leaving. Later Friday, Vindman’s attorney David Pressman said in a statement that his client “was escorted out of the White House where he has dutifully served his country and his President.”

“You think I’m supposed to be happy with him? I’m not,” Trump said Friday. “They’ll make that decision. You’ll be hearing.”

Trump’s Saturday morning tweet dug in further, claiming that he didn’t know Vindman and that he reported “contents of my ‘perfect’ calls” with Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky “incorrectly.”

Although Trump’s Saturday morning tweet was his first to directly mention Vindman’s ouster, within hours after news broke Friday of Vindman’s ouster, the President retweeted his son Donald Trump Jr.’s take on it.

U.S. ambassador to the European Union Gordon Sondland also became the second impeachment witness to lose his job Friday. The ousters of Sondland and Vindman followed reports that Trump was looking to purge administration officials who testified in the House impeachment inquiry into his pressure campaign on Ukraine.

Vindman’s twin brother Yevgeny, the senior NSC lawyer who did not testify in the impeachment probe, was also removed from his post, according to Politico and The New York Times.

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