Robert O’Brien, left, and his ethics advisor on the right
National security adviser Robert O’Brien says there was “absolutely” no retaliation against Lt. Col. Alexander Vindman and his twin brother, who were removed from their White House jobs last week in fallout from President Donald Trump’s impeachment acquittal.
“Number one,” O’Brien said, speaking to the Atlantic Council on Tuesday night, “they weren’t fired.”
The comments come just days after Trump did, in fact, fire Vindman and US ambassador to the European Union Gordon Sondland — both key impeachment witnesses — along with Vindman’s twin, Lt. Col. Yevgeny Vindman, a National Security Council attorney.
“We sent him on his way to a much different location and the military can handle him any way they want,” he said.
“It’s up to them,” he said if the military should decide on a punishment. “That’s going to be up to the military. We’ll have to see. But if you look at what happened, I mean they’re going to, certainly, I would imagine, take a look at that….”
“I obviously wasn’t happy with the job he did,” Trump said.
That’s sufficient reason for any thug to get rid of someone trying to serve their country honorably.