Sean Duffy Questions Iraq War Vet Alexander Vindman’s Loyalty: ‘He Speaks Ukrainian’
Former Republican Congressman Sean Duffy has attacked Lt. Colonel Alexander Vindman, who will testify to Congress today amid the growing impeachment inquiry. Duffy told CNN’s John Berman that since Vindman was born in Ukraine, he is more interesting in Ukrainian security than U.S. policy.
“He speaks Ukrainian,” Duffy said at one point.
“Do you trust Ambassador Bill Taylor more because he was born in the United States?” Berman asked. Where does the location of his birth matter? Mark Meadows was born in France, is he pro-French by definition? That’s a pretty stunning comment you made just there, and it’s remarkable and notable given that Laura Ingraham last night in her apparent talking points brought it up as well.”
“It seems very clear that he is incredibly concerned about Ukrainian defense,” Duffy said.
Sean Duffy on CNN on Army Lt. Col. Vindman: "It seems very clear that he is incredibly concerned about Ukrainian defense. I don't know that he's concerned about American policy … we all have an affinity to our homeland where we came from … he has an affinity for the Ukraine." pic.twitter.com/dlsYlTnCwR
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“I don’t know that he’s concerned about American policy, but his main mission was to make sure that the Ukraine got those weapons. I understand that. We all have an affinity to our homeland where we came from. Like me, I’m sure that Vindman has the same affinity or like Mark Meadows”
“Are you suggesting that you would put Irish defense over U.S. Defense? Is that what you’re saying?” Berman said.
“So are we saying that by giving this money to the Ukraine that absolutely is the money that’s going to secure American national defense against Russia?” Duffy said.
“I don’t believe that. And so he’s entitled to his opinion. He has an affinity, I think, for the Ukraine. He speaks Ukrainian, and he came from the country and he wants to make sure they’re safe and free.”
Duffy refused to say if Vindman, who won a Purple Heart in Iraq, is putting America first.
Watch the video above, via Twitter.