Vindman testified that he raised his concerns inside the White House after concluding that Trump was inappropriately conditioning almost $400 million in military aid to Ukraine on getting Zelenskiy to announce an investigation of his political rival.
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Shortly before Vindman was ousted last week, Esper said at a Pentagon briefing that "we protect all of our persons, service members, from retribution or anything like that". "And so, when the president said that continued support would be based on 'X, ' that essentially changed". On Feb. 7, Trump ordered Army Lt. Col. Alexander Vindman to be dismissed early from the National Security Council staff in a move that many saw as retaliation for Vindman's testimony during his impeachment proceedings. "And he could confound expectations and say the bill gives me the ability to defend us against imminent attack, which I need to have as commander-in-chief". "He went and told his boss what he just heard".
Kelly also criticized Trump's handling of North Korea, saying Trump's efforts to end the regime's nuclear program through diplomacy are futile.
Trump denied that Kelly ever issued such a warning, "John Kelly never said that, he never said anything like that".
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Responding to another audience question, Kelly took issue with Trump's pardon previous year of Navy SEAL Eddie Gallagher, who was convicted of war crimes on charges of killing an Iraqi teenager and later posing with the corpse for a photograph.
Trump prevented the Navy from removing Gallagher, a decision Kelly called "exactly the wrong thing to do". He "should have been ashamed of himself and he should have been sent home".
"I'm not a fan of Vindman", Trump added.
"I was disappointed", White House press secretary Stephanie Grisham said on Fox News Thursday morning.
"I think generally the president is happy if he's got some of his aides with him when he's making those calls".
Kelly did not immediately respond to a request for comment on Thursday.
"Fake News @CNN & MSDNC keep talking about "Lt. Col.' Vindman as though I should think only how wonderful he was", Trump tweeted February 7". For your security, we've sent a confirmation email to the address you entered. "At the end of the day, the president is entitled to staffers that want to execute his policy, that he has confidence in, and I think every president's entitled to that". I have always wanted this President and every president to succeed, but I deeply love our country and had to do what I believed to be best for the nation.