WATCH: Tulsi Gabbard Defends Trump’s Firing Of Lt. Col. Vindman
Democratic presidential candidate Rep. Tulsi Gabbard appeared on Fox News this week to defend President Donald Trump’s decision to fire Lt. Col. Alexander Vindman just two days after he was acquitted by the Senate.
Vindman had testified against Trump during the House impeachment inquiry, and his ouster was widely understood to be retaliation for that testimony.
Trump also relieved former U.S. Ambassador to the European Union Gordon Sondland of his duties. Sondland testified during the impeachment inquiry as well.
According to The Daily Beast, Gabbard defended the president’s moves, telling Fox host and Trump ally Sean Hannity that even though she disagrees with many of the president’s foreign policy decisions, the public needs to understand that “there are consequences to elections.”
“The president has, within his purview, to make the decisions about who he'd like serving in his Cabinet,” the Hawaiian lawmaker said.
In response, Hannity told Gabbard her willingness to defend the president was “courageous.”
“I thought that was courageous,” he said. “Just acknowledging a simple truth that a president gets to hire and fire the people he wants, not people that disagree with his policy.”
“I took an oath to the Constitution as does every member of Congress,” Gabbard said. “And it is the Constitution that provides that our foreign policy is set by the president of the United States as well as, in some significant ways, by Congress, not by unelected bureaucrats and not by the military.”
She concluded: “And the reason why our founders had the wisdom to do this, they knew if voters were unhappy with the foreign policy decisions being made, they could make that decision at the ballot box to hire or fire where they can’t do that with unelected bureaucrats or others.”