WH SLAPS VINDMAN: ‘The President Is In Charge Of Setting The Foreign Policy Of The United States, Not Unelected Bureaucrats’
Lt. Col. Alexander Vindman, a National Security Council aide, appeared Tuesday before the House Intelligence Committee during a hearing on the impeachment inquiry into President Trump.
Vindman said he thought Trump’s July 25 call to the Ukrainian leader was “inappropriate.”
And during his testimony Vindman told the Democrat Party Counsel Goldman that he was responsible for creating a “cohesive, coherent” Ukrainian policy.
After that claim, the White House fired out a statement, saying his testimony amounted to “nothing more than policy disagreements.”
The White House said the president — not an NSC aide — sets U.S. policy.
“The President is in charge of setting the foreign policy of the United States, not unelected bureaucrats,” the White House said. “The president has every right to conduct American foreign policy in whatever way he sees fit and is not in any way obligated to follow bureaucratic talking points written by staff.”
The Trump campaign also hit Vindman.
“He disagreed with the president,” Trump campaign communications director Tim Murtaugh wrote on Twitter. “Hate to break it to Adam Schiff & the Democrats but the President of the United States sets policy, not unelected bureaucrats. And policy disagreements are not impeachable offenses.”