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 TrumpMost Americans break with Trump on Ukraine, but just 45 percent think he should be removed: poll Judge orders Democrats to give notice if they request Trump's NY tax returns Trump's doctor issues letter addressing 'speculation' about visit to Walter Reed 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 BidenMost Americans break with Trump on Ukraine, but just 45 percent think he should be removed: poll Democrats release two new transcripts ahead of next public impeachment hearings Press: Ukraine's not the only outrage MORE prompted Speaker Nancy PelosiNancy PelosiFeehery: Pivoting to infrastructure could help heal post-impeachment wounds Key GOP senator: 'We need a breakthrough' on spending talks Overnight Defense — Presented by Boeing — Stopgap spending bill includes military pay raise | Schumer presses Pentagon to protect impeachment witnesses | US ends civil-nuclear waiver in Iran 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.