Left Menu
Development News Edition

UPDATE 1-'I'm not happy with him,' Trump says of military aide who testified against him

Reuters | Washington DC | Updated: 07-02-2020 23:20 IST | Created: 07-02-2020 22:56 IST
UPDATE 1-'I'm not happy with him,' Trump says of military aide who testified against him
US President Donald Trump (file photo) Image Credit: ANI

U.S. President Donald Trump said on Friday the top White House expert on Ukraine might be ousted after testifying against the president in the impeachment process that ended this week with Trump's acquittal. Asked about media reports that he might remove Army Lieutenant Colonel Alexander Vindman from the National Security Council (NSC), Trump told reporters: "I'm not happy with him. You think I'm supposed to be happy with him?...They're going to be making that decision."

A source familiar with the situation told Reuters that Vindman would be reassigned to the Defense Department. Vindman testified to the House of Representatives impeachment inquiry in November that Trump made an improper demand of Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelenskiy in a July phone call that became the centerpiece of the probe of the Republican president.

Vindman told a Democratic-run committee "I couldn't believe what I was hearing" in the phone call. Trump asked Zelenskiy to launch investigations into both Democratic rival Joe Biden and a widely debunked conspiracy theory that Ukraine, not Russia, was behind meddling in the 2016 U.S. presidential election. Trump emerged victorious from his trial this week with a vote in the Senate, controlled by fellow Republicans who rejected abuse of power and obstruction of justice charges.

But the president, whose term has been clouded by investigations into Russian interference in the election and then the impeachment inquiry, has said he is still bitter about the ordeal as he turns his attention to the Nov. 3 presidential election. Bloomberg News first reported Vindman's planned removal, citing two people familiar with the matter who said the move would be cast as part of a larger downsizing of the NSC.

Another senior white House aide who testified over impeachment, Jennifer Williams, left earlier this week for a post at the U.S. military's Central Command, according to Bloomberg News. Trump has cast both Vindman and Williams as "Never Trumpers" who oppose him.

Trump denied a CNN report that he was weighing a permanent chief of staff to replace acting aide Mick Mulvaney, who was a central figure in the impeachment inquiry. "That was a false report. I have a great relationship with Mick," Trump said.

(This story has not been edited by Devdiscourse staff and is auto-generated from a syndicated feed.)

Download The Devdiscourse News App for Latest News.


TRENDING

OPINION / BLOG / INTERVIEW

Tourism post-COVID 19: Lessons learned, out-of-box strategies to ensure the revival

In the pre-COVID 19 period the tourism industry was seen with much hope throughout the world. However, the COVID 19 pandemic has completely paralysed the tourism industry and its dependent sectors. The tourism industry in the post-COVID 19 ...

Cybersecurity post-COVID 19: More internet means more threats, stay alert folks!

When supported by adequate digital awareness campaigns and more crackdowns on cybercrimes, increased internet usage will help more people embrace technology and better understand the risks, bringing us closer to unleashing the true potentia...

Rising temperatures in India seem to counter the spread of COVID 19 infections

Scary predictions on the rate of spread of COVID 19 infections in India are floating in media. But the data on the spread of infections coming so far point to a contrary trajectory putting a question mark on such predictions. Explanations o...

Sanitation post-COVID 19: Tissue paper not in fashion, learn to wash

Tissue paper has failed COVID 19 test. The modern understanding of sanitation is passing through a stage of transformation. Those who used to feel proud of using tissue paper have been compelled to wash frequently their hands with soap. In ...

Videos

Latest News

Andhra youth commits suicide after police arrested him for defying lockdown

A youth committed suicide at a police station here after having been detained for defying the coronavirus lockdown. According to the social media reports, Srinivas, a native of Kaikaluru in Krishna district was working in Tirupati but due t...

Three out of nine coronavirus positive patients in Chhattisgarh discharged

Three out of the nine coronavirus positive patients in Chhattisgarh have been discharged after getting treated.120 people who attended the Tablighi Jamaat event in Delhi were identified and kept in isolation. Their samples have been taken a...

FOREX-Dollar strength consolidates as global recession looms

The dollar edged toward an almost 2 weekly rise on Friday, boosted by a surge in the oil price and as investors sought safety amid the worsening economic fallout from the coronavirus pandemic.The gains consolidate the dollars strength after...

4-OT win elevates MAD Lions in Flashpoint Group C

Pulling out a quadruple-overtime win to seal the match, MAD Lions swept c0ntact Gaming 2-0 on Thursday to advance to the Group C final in the second phase of the Counter-Strike Global Offensive Flashpoint 1 tournament. MAD Lions produced a ...

Give Feedback