Lt. Col. Alexander Vindman returned to work at the White House on Wednesday following his testimony in the impeachment inquiry, but not before he snapped off a selfie.
Video of Vindman taking a selfie was posted by CBS News and has been earning the government official some backlash on social media.
“Our sharp @CBSNews photographer captured a good-spirited Lt. Col. Alexander Vindman returning to work after testifying in #ImpeachmentHearings. Here, Vindman is with his twin brother clearly wanting to be seen as they take a selfie in front of the West Wing,” CBS White House correspondent Weija Jang posted on Twitter.
Exclusive: Our sharp @CBSNews photographer captured a good spirited Lt. Col. Alexander Vindman returning to work after testifying in #ImpeachmentHearings. Here, Vindman is with his twin brother clearly wanting to be seen as they take a selfie in front of the West Wing. pic.twitter.com/qrbf14M6oy
— Weijia Jiang (@weijia) November 20, 2019
What’s especially odd about the selfie is that Vindman took it in front of the West Wing and in full view of cameras, something that was noted by reporters.
“Lt. Col. Vindman goes back to work – and takes a selfie in a spot where everyone in the complex knows they will be immediately visible to TV cameras,” tweeted CNBC Washington correspondent Eamon James.
Lt. Col. Vindman goes back to work – and takes a selfie in a spot where everyone in the complex knows they will be immediately visible to TV cameras —> https://t.co/Idy6otnSik
— Eamon Javers (@EamonJavers) November 20, 2019
Check out some reactions to the newly-minted celebrity’s teenage antics below:
After testifying yesterday, Lt. Col. Vindman is expected to return to work today, I’m told.
— Kaitlan Collins (@kaitlancollins) November 20, 2019
Why isn’t he being removed?
— Normi Shamblin (@RtisticOne) November 20, 2019
Fire this clown.
— Carl Cottingham (@cottinghamcarl) November 20, 2019
Lt. Col. Vindman returns to work at the White House, but only after taking a selfie? WTH? @POTUS @realDonaldTrump
@SecretService should remove Vinderman from @WhiteHouse l@USArmy @NSAGov https://t.co/B1rf8IkaSs
— RickyRay- 1 of 100 million Trump Trolls (@RickyRayinGA) November 20, 2019
Vindman, I will NOT use he’s rank, shows how deep the roots go. To think that he serves in the military is a unbelievable. Bunch of unelected bureaucrats that have been screwing us for years. Trump is beating them at their own game.
— Trump4me (@rivermarket190) November 20, 2019
What happened to his…I mean the Lieutenant Colonel’s… pretty uniform?
— Scott Carroll (@YouDaManTiger) November 20, 2019
Vindman was caught during Tuesday’s questioning from Devin Nunes contradicting himself over whether he knew the identity of the whistleblower. At one point, he said he had spoken to two people about President Trump’s phone call with the Ukraine president, but he refused to name one. Adam Schiff jumped in and seemed to indicate that the identity of the person in question was somehow connected to the whistleblower. This would mean Vindman previously lied when he said he did not know the identity of the whistleblower.
Vindman also had a viral moment when he demanded to be referred to by his military rank. He wore his uniform to the hearing, but it was nowhere in sight on Wednesday when he returned to work.
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