White House aide Kellyanne Conway shared some pertinent information on Fox News’ “Fox & Friends” earlier today. As the counselor to President Trump hinted that more officials could be forced out of their roles following the ousters last week of Lt. Col. Alexander Vindman and Ambassador Gordon Sondland.
She announced that, “in the case of the Vindman brothers, you remember, they were detailed here,” and remain “employed today,” agreeing with host Steve Doocy’s assessment the two former NSC staffers “didn’t get fired” but “just got relocated.”
Then she continued, “They weren’t fired, they were moved back to their original jobs.” In addition, “Fired means you have no job, so when you report this please be accurate.”
Conway told, “They are employed today. They were continuously employed. They were detailed here to the NSC.”
Plus added, “Details by their very nature are temporary. Some people get offered full-time jobs but they are by their very nature temporary, and you are detailed from your permanent position.” She further indicated, “They are working at the Army, where they were. This is typical.”
She also expressed, “I’ve had detailees on my small staff. This is very typical in a White House to have a detailee for a temporary period of time who then returns to what their full-time job is.”
And argued, “But if the president wanted to retaliate because of the testimony, that testimony happened…quite a while ago now. So it’s, retaliate for what? I mean believe me, winning finishes a lot of sentences. Victory is the ultimate statement. So if he wanted to “clean house” of the testifiers, he could have done that quite a while ago.”
As for Sondland, former U.S. envoy to the European Union, “it was nice of the president to give him that post in the first place,” Conway “He wrote a big check to the inauguration but wasn’t really there before the president improbably, unsurprisingly, won, for people like that,” she stated.
Trump expelled the government officials on Friday. From what Conway said, others likely may follow.