“The Trump White House has taken the extraordinary step of distributing talking points to allies of the president trashing one of its employees,” The Daily Beast reported after obtaining a copy of the document.
“On Tuesday morning, White House aide Julia Hahn emailed Trump surrogates under the subject line, “Vindman’s Complaints Are Nothing More Than Policy Disagreements,” according to messages reviewed by The Daily Beast. Hahn, a Steve Bannon protege and one of his former allies in the White House, works on outreach and communications involving pro-Trump talking heads and other players in conservative media,” The Beast reported.
The talking points argued, “there was nothing wrong with the call with Zelensky at all” while attacking Vindman for being one of multiple people to report wrong-doing during the call.
The attacks on Vindman represent an escalation of a White House pattern.