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Timothy L. O'Brien

Trump Takes His Insults to a New Low

It’s one thing to throw mud at critics and competitors; it’s something new to attack the patriotism of one of his own soldiers.

Lt. Col. Alexander Vindman 

Lt. Col. Alexander Vindman 

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The commander in chief of America’s armed forces took to Twitter on Tuesday morning to shred the reputation of one of his own soldiers — Lt. Col. Alexander Vindman, an Army officer with more than 20 years of service, including a tour in Iraq in which he was wounded and awarded a Purple Heart.

Vindman, the White House’s top Ukraine specialist on the National Security Council, was testifying to impeachment investigators Tuesday about how Trump and his administration tried to strong-arm Ukraine into conducting a sham corruption probe of a political rival, former Vice President Joe Biden. Vindman knew about this because he, among others, participated in a July phone call in which Trump asked Ukraine’s leader to do exactly that. Vindman had also joined an earlier White House meeting in which Trump’s ambassador to the European Union, Gordon Sondland, told a Ukrainian delegation that a meeting with Trump (quid) would only occur if their country investigated Biden (quo).