Vindman Calls Trump a ‘Useful Idiot’ and ‘an Unwitting Agent of Putin’

A key impeachment witness, Alexander Vindman, says he believes President Donald Trump has an affinity for strongmen and will “try to please” Russian president Vladimir Putin because he “admires him.”

In an interview with The Atlantic’s Jeffrey Goldberg, Vindman was asked if he believes that Trump is an “asset of Russian intelligence.”

“President Trump should be considered to be a useful idiot and a fellow traveler, which makes him an unwitting agent of Putin,” Vindman responded.

Vindman told Goldberg that by “fellow traveler,” he views Trump as someone who has a disdain for democratic norms.

He was also asked if he believes Russian officials have blackmail on Trump, to which he said, “They may or may not have dirt on him, but they don’t have to use it.”

He continued:

“They have more effective and less risky ways to employ him. He has aspirations to be the kind of leader that Putin is, and so he admires him. He likes authoritarian strongmen who act with impunity, without checks and balances. So he’ll try to please Putin.”

According to Vindman, the Army has a term for this kind of situation, “In the Army, we call this ‘free chicken,’ something you don’t have to work for—it just comes to you. This is what the Russians have in Trump: free chicken.”

Vindman, who served as the National Security Council’s (NSC) top Ukraine expert until February, retired from the Military in July, as IJR reported.

In a statement announcing his retirement, Vindman’s lawyer claimed his client faced a “campaign of bullying, intimidation, and retaliation” for his testimony during House Democrats’ impeachment proceedings against the president. 

“LTC Vindman did what the law compelled him to do; and for that he was bullied by the President and his proxies. And yet, LTC Vindman would not be intimidated and will not b corrupted. He did what he has always done: put the interests of his country ahead of his own,” the statement added.

In August, Democratic lawmakers urged the acting Pentagon Inspector General Sean O’Donnell to investigate whether Vindman was fired in retaliation for his testimony.


  1. trumphuhk is a very witting Russian agent.

    He IS a totally useless and worthless to America idiot and TRAITOR.

  2. He should move to the Ukraine were they offered him a job, instead of passing off secret information to his brother.

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