In celebration of his 89th birthday today
Edwin "Buzz" Aldrin former engineer, fighter pilot, and lunar pioneer celebrates his 89th birthday today. In 1969, he and fellow astronaut Neil Armstrong because the two first humans to land on the moon. We honor a lifetime of achievements by paying tribute to some of Aldrin's special captured moments.
Sarah: Lt. Col. Alexander Vindman, the National Security Council’s top Ukraine expert, told lawmakers that after attending Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky’s inauguration in May as part of a delegation led by Energy Secretary Rick Perry, that next was debriefing Trump and giving a positive account of Zelensky’s vision for Ukraine’s future. “The U.S. government policy community’s view is that the election of Zelenskyy and the promise of reforms to eliminate corruption will lock in Ukraine’s Western-leaning trajectory, and allow Ukraine to realize its dream of a vibrant democracy and economic prosperity,” Vindman said in his opening statement, But he was instructed at the last second not to attend the debriefing. Vindman told lawmakers, Trump’s advisers worried it might confuse the president: Trump believed at the time that Kashyap Patel, a longtime Nunes staffer who joined the White House in February and had no discernible Ukraine experience or expertise, was actually the NSC’s top Ukraine expert instead of Vindman. Vindman testified that he was told this directly by his boss at the time, NSC senior director for European and Russian affairs Fiona Hill. Hill told Vindman that she and national security adviser John Bolton thought it best to exclude Vindman from the debriefing to avoid “an uncomfortable situation,” he said.