Trump Attacks Former White House Chief of Staff Kelly

By Polityk | 14/02/2020 | Повідомлення, Політика

U.S. President Donald Trump assailed his former White House chief of staff, John Kelly, on Thursday after Kelly defended the National Security Council aide ousted by Trump after he testified against the president during the impeachment investigation.Kelly, a retired Marine Corps general who served as Trump’s top White House aide for 17 months until early last year, voiced support for Army Lt. Col. Alexander Vindman at a university speech Wednesday night in New Jersey, while also raising objections to several Trump policies and actions.”When I terminated John Kelly, which I couldn’t do fast enough, he knew full well that he was way over his head,” Trump contended in a Twitter comment.”Being Chief of Staff just wasn’t for him,” Trump claimed. “He came in with a bang, went out with a whimper, but like so many X’s, he misses the action & just can’t keep his mouth shut, which he actually has a military and legal obligation to do. His incredible wife, Karen, who I have a lot of respect for, once pulled me aside & said strongly that ‘John respects you greatly. When we are no longer here, he will only speak well of you.’ Wrong!”….which he actually has a military and legal obligation to do. His incredible wife, Karen, who I have a lot of respect for, once pulled me aside & said strongly that “John respects you greatly. When we are no longer here, he will only speak well of you.” Wrong!— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) FILE – Lt. Col. Alexander Vindman, left, walks with his twin brother, Yevgeny Vindman, after testifying before the House Intelligence Committee, on Capitol Hill in Washington, Nov. 19, 2019.Vindman, along with his twin brother, Yevgeny (Eugene) Vindman, another Army lieutenant colonel working at the National Security Council, were both escorted from the White House last Friday and returned to their previous postings at the Defense Department. Critics have accused Trump of being vindictive in ousting Alexander Vindman, but the president called him “very insubordinate.”  In the university speech, Kelly said he had had a number of disagreements with Trump.Kelly defended the national news media, a frequent target of Trump’s ire; questioned the worth of Trump’s two summits with North Korean leader Kim Jong Un to try to get him to abandon his nuclear arsenal, and attacked Trump’s pardon of a naval commando who had been convicted of war crimes.Kelly, who before overseeing the White House staff was head of the U.S. Department of Homeland Security, also took issue with Trump’s frequent disparagement of migrants looking to move to the United States.