Trump fires key witnesses for revenge

Autumn Page, Staff Reporter

President Donald Trump fired two key witnesses from his impeachment trial on Saturday, Feb. 8. Alexander Vindman was the top Ukraine expert at the National Security Council and Gordon Sondland was the U.S. Ambassador to the European Union. It’s speculated  Trump made this move as a type of revenge — and I believe it.

Why do I believe it? Well, their termination was meant to send a message, an adviser to Trump told CNN. The adviser said the firings of the major impeachment witnesses was meant to declare siding against the president will not be tolerated.

Are you kidding? Firing two people because they have a difference in opinion? Especially about politics, one of the most controversial topics out there — petty as hell.

Both officials provided important information about Trump during the public hearings. Sondland said the president sought a “quid pro quo” with Ukraine’s leader, and Vindman criticized Trump’s conduct during a phone call in July with Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelenskiy as “improper.”

This move results in Trump reaching a new all-time low, and I had no idea he could go any lower than he already was. Trump has done a lot of questionable and downright insane things, but this takes the cake. Firing them because they stood up against a Cheeto of a president? If I was in their position, I’d do the same damn thing. 

I know we have all seen the recent Getty Images pictures that just came out of Trump. If you haven’t, you’re welcome.

Fellow politicians have spoken out about the firings, Sen. Bob Menendez, D-N.J., who’s the ranking member on the Senate Foreign Relations Committee, called the dismissals clear political retaliation, the likes of which is seen only in authoritarian countries around the world.”

“Those who suggested President Trump’s behavior would improve following his impeachment have been proven wrong. I sincerely hope that all members of Congress condemn this latest reprehensible, yet sadly predictable conduct by President Trump,” Menendez said.

I think most people would agree with Menendez, Trump has always acted like a child, and this really shows it.

Trump’s reasons for firing Vindman, which were given on Twitter of course, were that “he was very insubordinate, reported contents of my ‘perfect’ calls incorrectly, & was given a horrendous report by his superior, the man he reported to, who publicly stated that Vindman had problems with judgement, adhering to the chain of command and leaking information.” 

If he was doing all of this, why not fire him sooner? If this was such an issue, why wait until his press secretary made comments about his opponents needing to “pay a price.” 

Vindman was escorted out of the White House by security and told his services were no longer needed, according to his attorney. 

“I was advised today that the president intends to recall me effective immediately as United States Ambassador to the European Union,” Sondland said in a statement on Friday, Feb. 7.

“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.

Not only that, Vindman’s twin brother, Lt. Col. Yevgeny Vindman, an Army officer who also worked on the National Security Council staff, was removed from his post as well, according to the New York Times.

I’m disappointed, but not surprised, to say that we shouldn’t expect anything less from Trump. Three people lost their jobs — one by association. I admire the respect and dignity that these three men gave about their terminations. 

Donald J. Trump could LITERALLY never.