President Trump’s National Security Advisor Robert O’Brien dunked on the anti-Trump narrative regarding the removal of Col. Alexander Vindman.
NSA Robert O’Brien cites budget and historic precedent as reasons for the decrease in personnel. pic.twitter.com/FLk82joF4e
— Atlantic Council (@AtlanticCouncil) February 12, 2020
“No, look, ab-absolutely, and uh, so, so number one, uh, they weren’t fired. Uh, so, none of the detailees that leave the NSC are fired. Uh, folks may think it that, you know, it feels that way, and, look, it’s great to work at the White House, everybody likes working at the White House, uh, but there will come a time for all of us who work at the White House, including me, uh, that will leave the White House.
“And as far as being walked out that’s standard procedure and folks who, who’ve worked at the White House know this, your last day you lose your badge, and someone walks you out to the uh, gate and so that happens when you’re at the White House as a visitor, you have an escort who escorts you out. People aren’t kind of free range in the White House. And if you don’t have a badge to open the gate, somebody has to let the Secret Service know and they let you out. So uh, I, I just wouldn’t read anything into that.
“But look at the end of the day the President is entitled to staffers uh, that, that want to execute his policy, that he has confidence in and uh, and I think every, every president’s entitled to that. Uh, but, but there’s no, absolutely no retaliation with respect to the Vindmans as far as impeachment goes. But the president is entitled to a staff that he has confidence in and that he believes will execute his policies.
“I mean look, we’re, we’re not a country where a, a group of lieutenant colonels can get together and dictate what the policy of the United States is. The policy of the United States is uh, formulated and decided by an elected President of the United States. We’re not some banana republic where lieutenant colonels get together and decide what the policy is or should be.”
This really is the truth regarding Col Vindman. He felt that he owned US foreign policy. One of the most telling moments of his testimony was when Vindman said that he got nervous when he heard that the aid to the Ukraine was being questioned.
The question is not whether the US should give aid to the Ukraine. The real question is does the US have a duty to? The answer to this question, is, of course, a no. The US has zero responsibility to give aid to Ukraine. There is no constitutional obligation that requires this aid to go to the Ukraine.
This exposes the establishment in Washington. There are deep-seated members of the intelligence community that want to make sure US foreign policy stays not how President Trump wants it but how they want it.
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