President Donald Trump is on a rampage against his enemies. He fired three people on Friday, but that was not all he did.
His first act of revenge came on Monday when it was reported that the president fired James Byrne, the Veterans Affairs deputy secretary.
Secretary Robert Wilkie, who is the person that fired Byrne, described the decision as routine but not everyone believes that.
“There are times in any company, in the military and even in Congress when some people in the organization just don’t gel with the team,” Wilke said, the Military Times reported.
“I wish Jim Byrne well. He is a man of great distinction, in terms of his service to the country. I will say this is a simple business decision,” he said.
The reason for his firing was given as “due to loss of confidence in Mr. Byrne’s ability to carry out his duties.”
Byrne is a graduate of the Naval Academy and was an international narcotics prosecutor with the Department of Justice before he became the deputy secretary.
He had been working on suicide prevention and electronic health records and his firing stunned many.
A source close to Byrne said that the truth will be discovered about the reasons the much-admired man was fired.
“He is a former collegiate boxer and Marine infantry officer who also faced down the world’s most vicious narco-terrorists as a federal prosecutor and spent a good portion of two years in Iraq fighting corruption,” the source said. “The truth will eventually come out.”
“Wilkie was confirmed as VA secretary in summer 2018 in the wake of the firing of David Shulkin by Trump over Twitter. The firing was at least in part due to tumult among top leaders within VA, and a loss of trust between Shulkin and White House officials,” the Military Times said.
The president continued his reign of vengeance on Friday when he fired Lt. Col. Alexander S. Vindman, his twin brother Lt. Col. Yevgeny Vindman and Ambassador Gordon Sondland.
“There is no question in the mind of any American why this man’s job is over, why this country now has one less soldier serving it at the White House,” Vindman’s attorney David Pressman said. “Lt. Col. Vindman was asked to leave for telling the truth. His honor, his commitment to right, frightened the powerful.”
Sondland was more grateful to the president in his statement.
“I was advised today that the president intends to recall me effective immediately as United States ambassador to the European Union,” he said. “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.”
The question is who will be next on the president’s chopping block?