Lt. Col. Alexander Vindman on Saturday took purpose at President Donald Trump in an op-ed saying his retirement from the army, during which he likened the Trump administration to an authoritarian regime.
In a column for The Washington Post, Vindman defined that he’d “made the tough determination to retire” after 21 years service “as a result of a marketing campaign of bullying, intimidation and retaliation by President Trump and his allies eternally restricted the development of my army profession.”
Vindman, a Purple Coronary heart recipient, was a key witness within the impeachment of Trump over the Ukraine scandal. Trump was accused of pressuring Ukraine’s president to dig up grime on Democratic rival Joe Biden in change for withheld army help.
Trump fired Vindman, a Ukrainian American, from the Nationwide Safety Council in February in retaliation for his testimony.
The entire expertise was “painful,” Vindman wrote within the editorial.
However he acknowledged he was “not alone on this ignominious destiny,” saying his circumstances had been “little totally different from these of dozens of different lifelong public servants who’ve left this administration with their integrity intact however their careers irreparably harmed.”
“At no level in my profession or life have I felt our nation’s values below higher menace and in additional peril than at this second,” Vindman warned. “Our nationwide authorities through the previous few years has been extra harking back to the authoritarian regime my household fled greater than 40 years in the past than the nation I’ve devoted my life to serving.”
Vindman additionally criticized Trump’s disastrous response to the coronavirus pandemic and the next collapse of the financial system.
However he ended on an optimistic word, describing himself as hopeful “for the longer term for each my household and for our nation” and vowing to “proceed to defend my nation.”
“Impeachment uncovered Trump’s corruption, however the confluence of a pandemic, a monetary disaster and the stoking of societal divisions has roused the soul of the American individuals,” he stated.
“To at the present time, regardless of all the pieces that has occurred, I proceed to imagine within the American Dream,” Vindman concluded. “I imagine that in America, proper issues. I need to assist make sure that proper issues for all People.”
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