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White House Responds to Impeachment Witness: President Is in Charge of Setting Foreign Policy

White House officials on Tuesday issued a response to Lt. Col. Alexander Vindmans testimony in the House impeachment inquiry, saying he had nothing more than disagreements on policy in Ukraine, as the White House sets policy “not unelected bureaucrats.”

Vindman, who serves on the National Security Council, told the House Intelligence Committee that he was worried by the Trump administration asking Ukraine to investigate former Vice President Joe Biden and Ukraines role in alleged 2016 election meddling.

He said that Trump veered from talking points that were given to him by the National Security Council (NSC), and that Trump didnt talk about broader corruption in Ukraine.

“Those were the recommended talking points that were cleared through the NSC staff,” he said in the hearing.

In the phone call on July 25 with Ukrainian President Zelensky, Trump asked his counterpart to “look into” Biden and his son Hunter Biden, who sat on the board of Ukrainian firm Burisma Holdings, which has long been accused of corruption. Trump denied allegations that he misused his office or withheld military aid to Ukraine.

This is the nut of the whole thing.

Vindman apparently believes that HES the one who makes & coordinates U.S. policy.

This may come as a shock to him and the Democrats, but the President of the United States makes U.S. policy.

Case closed.
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— Tim Murtaugh (@TimMurtaugh) November 19, 2019

On Tuesday, the White House said that Vindman doesnt set the Trump administrations foreign policy.

“The president is in charge of setting the foreign policy of the United States, not unelected bureaucrats,” the White House said in a statement, reported The Washington Times. “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 Read More – Source