Trump says right to fire 'insubordinate' aide

World | REUTERS 10 Feb 2020

Donald Trump defended the ousting of Lieutenant Colonel Alexander Vindman from the National Security Council after he provided damaging testimony during the US president's impeachment hearing.

Trump tweeted that "I don't know him ... but he was very insubordinate [and] reported contents of my perfect calls incorrectly."

He claimed too Vindman was "given a horrendous report by his superior."

After Vindman went from the White House another key witness, Gordon Sondland, said he was ousted from his job as US ambassador to the European Union.

Vindman was among officials who listened to a July 25 phone call between Trump and Ukraine's president - a conversation at the center of the case.

Vindman attorney David Pressman rejected Trump's words as false and said Vindman remains "a decorated, active duty member of our military."

Vindman's twin brother Yevgeny, a lawyer at the NSC and also a lieutenant colonel, also went from the White House.

The Democratic-led House of Representatives impeached Trump for abuse of power and obstruction, but he was acquitted by the Republican-run Senate.

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