President Trump goes on the offensive in revenge purge
Updated: Feb 17, 2020
Following his acquittal in the Senate, President Trump has gone on the offensive, targeting those who he perceives were against him during the impeachment process.
The President said on Friday that his impeachment should be invalidated by the House of Representatives and that his political opposition "should be held accountable." He began by firing impeachment witnesses Gordon Sondland and Lt. Col. Alexander Vindman, as well as Vindman's twin brother, who also worked at the National Security Council.
Sondland had testified before the House that the President wanted a quid pro quo with Ukraine, and Vindman called Trump's phone call with the Ukrainian president "improper."
"I am grateful to President Trump for having given me the opportunity to serve, to Secretary Pompeo for his consistent support, and to the exceptional and dedicated professionals at the U.S. Mission to the European Union," Sondland said in statement on Friday.
Trump responded to questions about Vindman being fired and escorted from the White House, saying, "Well, I'm not happy with him. Do you think I'm supposed to be happy with him? I'm not."
Democrats criticized the purge. Senate Minority Leader Chuck Schumer said, "This action is not a sign of strength. It only shows President Trump's weakness."