Vindman testified today the notion of him becoming Ukraine’s SecDef “is rather comical,” but that seemed to describe his reaction more so than the intent of the person who made the offer, Oleksander Danylyuk. Vindman thought it was goofy because he’s an American, not a Ukrainian, and because a lieutenant colonel isn’t a high enough ranking officer that one would normally consider him for a job as powerful as defense secretary of a foreign country.
He also said of Danylyuk, “I’m not sure if he meant it as a joke or not.” But he took the offer seriously enough that he “dismissed” it, and considered it something that he needed to report to his superiors. Plus, he said it was made three times. That’s a lot of repetition for a “joke.”
If I were Danylyuk, though, I’d be careful about straining too hard to help Vindman out here. Ukraine still has to deal with Trump for another 14 months at a minimum, maybe much longer. Zelensky might get a call tomorrow informing him that next year’s military aid is contingent upon him claiming that Vindman was begging to be Ukraine’s secretary of defense.