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Lt. Col. Alexander Vindman: "I Am Absolutely A Never-Trumper"

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In an exclusive interview with Lester Holt, Lt. Col. Alexander Vindman, a key witness in the President Trump impeachment inquiry, addresses President Trump's suggestion that he is a "never Trumper."

"I could say that I am now a 'Never Trumper.' I was not a 'Never Trumper' before," Vindman said. "In taking a very sober view of where this president is taking this country, the divisions, the catering to our adversaries, the undermining of national security interests, that I am absolutely a 'Never Trumper.'"


HOLT: The president suggested, you are a "Never Trumper." Are you a “Never Trumper”?

VINDMAN: I could say that I am now a “Never Trumper.” I was not a “Never Trumper” before. I was nonpartisan. I would, regardless of what administration I would just try to do the best I could to advance national security interests, but I think, as the president's attacked and politicized me directly, in taking a very sober view of where this president is taking this country, the divisions, the catering to our adversaries, the undermining of national security interests, that I am absolutely a “Never Trumper.”

HOLT: This interview will elicit strong reaction, some will call you bitter. Are you bitter?

VINDMAN: I don't think so.

HOLT: Are you angry?

VINDMAN: I don't think so. I hope I don't come across that way. I've assumed to be, what I analyzed to be a significant amount of personal risk, reputational risk, to come out here and to talk to you, with one hope in mind and that hope is to share a perspective that could somehow inform an electorate going into the most important election of our lifetime, and maybe persuade them to choose an alternative to what we have, an alternative to four more years of disaster.
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