Dunford on Vindman: 'A professional, competent, patriotic and loyal officer'

Dunford on Vindman: 'A professional, competent, patriotic and loyal officer'
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Gen. Joseph Dunford, the retired chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, said Lt. Col. Alexander Vindman is “a professional, competent, patriotic and loyal officer,” as Vindman has faced intense scrutiny over his testimony in the House impeachment inquiry into President TrumpDonald John TrumpSteele Dossier sub-source was subject of FBI counterintelligence probe Pelosi slams Trump executive order on pre-existing conditions: It 'isn't worth the paper it's signed on' Trump 'no longer angry' at Romney because of Supreme Court stance MORE.

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Dunford told CNN that he had consistent contact with Vindman, the director for European affairs on the National Security Council, when the Ukraine expert served on the joint staff and Vindman acted as his backup translator for his calls with the chief of the Russian military.

"He is a professional, competent, patriotic and loyal officer. He has made an extraordinary contribution to the security of our nation in both peacetime and combat,” CNN reported Dunford said. 

Trump and GOP lawmakers have targeted Vindman over his Tuesday testimony.

Vindman reported his concerns about the president’s July 25 phone call with Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky. A whistleblower report detailing the call in which the president asked Zelensky to look into former Vice President Joe BidenJoe BidenPelosi slams Trump executive order on pre-existing conditions: It 'isn't worth the paper it's signed on' Hillicon Valley: Subpoenas for Facebook, Google and Twitter on the cards | Wray rebuffs mail-in voting conspiracies | Reps. raise mass surveillance concerns Fox News poll: Biden ahead of Trump in Nevada, Pennsylvania and Ohio MORE prompted Speaker Nancy PelosiNancy PelosiPelosi slams Trump executive order on pre-existing conditions: It 'isn't worth the paper it's signed on' On The Money: Anxious Democrats push for vote on COVID-19 aid | Pelosi, Mnuchin ready to restart talks | Weekly jobless claims increase | Senate treads close to shutdown deadline Trump signs largely symbolic pre-existing conditions order amid lawsuit MORE (D-Calif.) to launch an impeachment inquiry.

Vindman testified that he believed Trump blocked military aid to Ukraine in an attempt to force Zelensky to publicly announce an investigation into Biden and his family.

The president and his allies have received pushback from both sides of the aisle for their comments about Vindman and his service.