A letter condemning Donald Trump for his “sustained attacks” on Lt. Col. Alexander Vindman has been signed by more than 1,000 military veterans. Vindman was ousted by Trump and escorted off the White House grounds because he gave testimony against Donald Trump in the House’s impeachment hearings.
The letter was put together by the anti-Trump group National Security Action. The letter condemns Vindman and his twin brother, Lt. Col. Yevgeny Vindman dismissal. The letter also suggests that Trump’s actions were “a personal vendetta over our national security.”
“Trump believes that he can assail LTC Vindman with impunity, knowing that the latter is, by law, barred from speaking out,” the letter reads. “The President should know, however, that, despite taking aim at one Army officer, he has targeted anyone who currently wears — or has worn — the uniform.”
Vindman and his brother were escorted out of the White House and were told to leave the NSC. Their ousting came just days after Trump was acquitted by the Senate. the Vindman brothers have both returned to their posts at the Pentagon.
Trump and his allies have pushed back at the suggestions that the Vindman’s were ousted in retaliation to the testimony given during the House impeachment proceedings. Vindman testified about his concerns related to Trump’s controversial phone call with the president of Ukraine back on July 25.
“The president’s slander… further undermines military discipline and public trust in an institution for which there are few more precious commodities,” the letter from National Security Action added.
Veterans that signed the letter include former U.S. Army Europe Commander Lt. Gen. Mark Hertling, former Under Secretary of Defense Frank Kendall and former Connecticut Army Reserve Brig. Gen. Shepard Stone,
On Friday, Defense Secretary Mark Esper stated that there would be no further punishment for Vindman. He explained that the Pentagon protects service members from retribution.