Every single citizen paying attention knew this was coming. Trump could care less how things “appear,” he is going to be backed-up by every single Republican and is, now, near a full dictator.
Vindman has been relieved of his White House post. Vindman will go back to DOD, but he’ll go back temporarily, the punishment will continue until complete. He upset the man, and no one upsets this man without retaliation. From Talking Points:
“Lieutenant Colonel Vindman, who has testified under oath, is serving on the National Security Council currently,” CBS News’s “Face the Nation” host Margaret Brennan said during her interview with O’Brien. “Will he continue to work for you despite testifying against the President?”
“Well look, one of the things that I’ve talked about is that we’re streamlining the National Security Council,” O’Brien replied. “It got bloated to like 236 people up from 100 in the Bush administration under President Obama.”
He absolutely is “streamlining” the department and it is absolutely because they believe it is “bloated” with Obama people. It is just that they streamline by picking people who have had the audacity to cross Trump.
What is really cruel at this point is that Trump and company are not even really disputing Vindman’s testimony. They are flat stating that they had to investigate this and it is right to withhold money in order to do so, and by the way, without the identity of the whistleblower, it’s invalid anyway.
This is purely punitive.
When Brennan asked O’Brien to confirm that the decision is not retaliation against Vindman, whom Trump has baselessly accused of being a “Never Trumper,” the national security adviser’s response was that he personally had never retaliated against anyone.
I have no doubt this is true. The order came down from the top. O’Brien is saying it without saying it.
Just another shot in daylight, another murder on 5th Avenue, another act that will be backed by everyone in the White House and everyone Republican in Congress.
This is just where we are.
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