Fox News’ Jesse Watters called out Lt. Col. Alex Vindman for not handling his concerns over President Trump’s Ukraine call differently but engaging in “sabotage” instead.
The co-host of “The Five” discussed the National Security Council official’s appearance before the House of Representatives Intelligence, Foreign Affairs and Oversight committees on Tuesday, suggesting that the decorated Iraq War veteran should have advised the president directly or quit his position if he had concerns over the July phone call between Trump and Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky.
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Co-host Juan Williams told his colleagues that Vindman’s testimony contradicted previous claims by the president and others that no one was on that call between the leaders.
“Previously, Republicans were saying ‘This is hearsay, no one was actually there [on the call].’ Well, Vindman was actually listening to the call,” Williams said.
“And to question his loyalty?” he added, speaking of the director of European affairs on the National Security Council and Ukraine expert who was the first White House official to have heard the call to testify in the Democrat’s impeachment inquiry.
“It’s about the fact that he was concerned. Being concerned doesn’t mean something happens, right? Since Trump has been president, everybody’s been concerned about this, that,” co-host Greg Gutfeld interjected, choosing not to attack Vindman personally.
“Just being concerned about something is not enough. That’s not to denigrate this man. What I’m saying is it’s okay to be concerned. But concerned doesn’t mean something happened,” he said.
“Here’s the reality. The media is running this operation. We will never see the end of it. They are controlling this thing,” Gutfeld added. “This is their new drug. Russia was their old drug. This is their new drug.”
Watters agreed but went further.
“I’m with Greg. I don’t really care to hear how someone feels about Donald Trump’s phone call,” he said.
“We have a transcript. We know what happened,” Watters added. “If the guy who is working for the president doesn’t like the policy, quit or advise the president differently. Don’t sabotage him from within.”
He slammed the left for complaints about criticizing “someone who is wearing a uniform,” noting examples of others whose patriotism was attacked such as retired United States Army Lieutenant General and former National Security Advisor Michael Flynn.
“You can’t have it both ways. Just because you wear a uniform doesn’t mean you can’t be questioned because someone disagrees with you,” Watters said.
“What about the fact that he confirmed what the whistle-blower said?” Williams asked, sparking a moment of chaos as all of the co-hosts began to speak over each other.
“Juan, we have the transcript!” Watters exclaimed.
Vindman’s testimony has sparked heated bipartisan debate and backlash as many have questioned his loyalty and as Republicans continued to expose the sham impeachment inquiry that Democrats have been running behind closed-doors.
GOP Reps. Steve Scalise of Louisiana and Jim Jordan of Ohio blasted Democrats Tuesday over the hearing, as Jordan called out House Intelligence Committee chairman Adam Schiff for blocking Republican lawmakers from asking certain questions of Vindman. Scalise condemned the hearing as “a Soviet-style process we have never seen before.”
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