Administration claims they had to fire the Vindman brothers — or America would be a ‘banana republic’
Special Presidential Envoy for Hostage Affairs Robert O'Brien speaks to families of Americans held captive abroad on April 2, 2019, at the Department of State. [State Department Photo by Michael Gross]

The sixth National Security Advisor to serve President Donald Trump defended the administration on Tuesday.

Speaking at the Atlantic Council think tank, Robert O'Brien argued that America would be a banana republic if the administration had not retaliated against Lt. Cols. Alexander and Yevgeny Vindman.

“We’re not a country where a bunch of lieutenant colonels can get together and decide what the policy is of the United States,” O’Brien argued. “We are not a banana republic.”

At the same time, O'Brien argued the brothers were "absolutely" not retaliated against.

“None of the detailees that leave NSC are fired,” O’Brien said. “It’s a privilege to work at the White House, it’s not a right. ... The Vindmans had served there for over a year. Their services were no longer needed.”