Ukrainian official says he was ‘joking’ when he offered Vindman defense minister job

Jennifer Williams, an aide to Vice President Mike Pence, left, and National Security Council aide Lt. Col. Alexander Vindman, are sworn in to testify before the House Intelligence Committee on Capitol Hill in Washington, Tuesday, Nov. 19, 2019, during a public impeachment hearing of President Donald Trump’s efforts to tie U.S. aid for Ukraine to investigations of his political opponents. (AP Photo/Andrew Harnik)

The Ukrainian official that offered U.S. Army Lt. Col. Alexander Vindman the position of defense minister downplayed the offer on Wednesday saying he was “joking,” the day after Vindman was questioned about the offer in his public testimony at the House impeachment hearings.

Oleksander Danyliuk, the former Ukrainian top national security official, has told ABC News that he had been joking when he suggested that Vindman potentially take the job as Ukraine’s defense minister, after Republicans pressed Vindman on the alleged offer.

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