Alexander Vindman Confirms Trump Is 100% a Putin Puppet - 2020-09-14
Last year, Alexander Vindman laid his career on the line to testify against Donald Trump, describing to impeachment investigators the president's efforts to strongarm Ukraine into announcing politically motivated investigations into Joe Biden and the 2016 election. It made the decorated military veteran and National Security Council Ukraine expert a hero to Democrats. Trump and his allies, of course, felt differently, and the president sacked him in retaliation soon after Republicans helped him beat the rap. "He was very insubordinate, reported contents of my "perfect" calls incorrectly, & was given a horrendous report by his superior," Trump tweeted in February. "In other words, 'OUT.'"
And so would begin Trump's purge, newly emboldened after surviving impeachment and affirming that the Republican party—with the exception of Mitt Romney—was now fully his. Vindman has largely been out of the public eye since the dramatic episode. But in a new interview with the Atlantic, Vindman lets loose on the president, warning that Trump will further erode American democracy if he is allowed to remain in power. "I think it's important for the American people to know that this could happen to any honorable service member, any government official," he told Jeffrey Goldberg. "I think it's important for me to tell people that I think the president has made this country weaker. We're mocked by our adversaries and by our allies, and we're heading for more disaster."
Vindman, who was born in the Soviet Union and came to the United States as a young child, expressed particular concern about Trump's approach to Russia and its strongman leader, Vladimir Putin. Describing the president as an "unwitting agent" of Putin, Vindman said the Kremlin wouldn't even need to use kompromat against Trump if they had it because he "has aspirations to be the kind of leader that Putin is." "President Trump should be considered to be a useful idiot and a fellow traveler," Vindman said. "He likes authoritarian strongmen who act with impunity, without checks and balances. So he'll try to please Putin."