Democrats are losing their minds after President Donald Trump fired Ambassador Gordon Sondland and Lt. Col. Alexander Vindman, who testified against the president during House Democrats’ impeachment hearings.
And apparently, a handful of moderate Republicans tried to sway the president not to fire them.
At least four Republican Senators tried to stop Trump from firing Sondland and Vindman, according to a report from the New York Times.
But the president relieved both men from their positions over the weekend, which is well-within in constitutional and legal rights as president.
The four named Republican Senators in the Times report are:
- Susan Collins (Maine)
- Martha McSally (Arizona)
- Thom Tillis (North Carolina)
- Ron Johnson (Wisconsin)
The NYT reports:
The senators were concerned that it would look bad for Trump to dismiss Sondland and argued that it was unnecessary since the ambassador was already talking with senior officials about leaving after the Senate trial, the people said.
The senators told White House officials that Sondland should be allowed to depart on his own terms, which would have reduced any political backlash.
But Trump evidently was not interested in a quiet departure, choosing instead to make a point by forcing Sondland out before the ambassador was ready to go.
When State Department officials called Sondland on Friday to tell him that he had to resign that day, he resisted, saying that he did not want to be included in what seemed like a larger purge of impeachment witnesses, according to the people informed about the matter.
Sondland and Vindman played a key role in the ginned-up case that Trump withheld military aid to Ukraine in exchange for an investigation of the Bidens.
Trump has every right to hire and fire officials in his administration. The president can and should have people he trusts on his staff.
Trump has been railing against the Deep State and bloated government factions for quite some time.
The president has also taken issue with America’s national security apparatus since before he took office. Now, the commander-in-chief is doing something about it.
The staff roster at the White House National Security Council is being significantly trimmed down.
National Security Adviser Robert O’Brien, who is leading the effort, has been firing and reassigning individuals whose roles have become “unnecessary.”
“The NSC staff became bloated during the prior administration,” O’Brien said of the cuts.
At its height under former President Barack Obama, the NSC had “as many as 450 people” on staff.
The NSC had become “too bloated” and took on more of a quantity role rather than one aimed at quality.
The Trump administration is planning to slash that number by more than 300, leaving less than 120 staffers on the NSC’s payroll.
Some of Trump’s biggest hurdles have come straight from the “Deep State” itself — ranging from phony allegations of Russia collusion to baseless rumors about Ukrainian foreign aid being “withheld.”
In an attempt to avoid similar problems caused by the NSC’s web of bureaucracy, the Trump administration is cutting back — and according to NSC spokesman John Ullyot, they’re on the right track.
Now that the impeachment witch hunt is over, Trump can get back to draining the D.C. swamp of disloyal leakers who are still trying to undermine him.