February 7, 2020

The White House served up a double dose of seemingly vendetta-driven dismissals on Friday.

Lt. Col. Alexander Vindman, the National Security Council's top Ukraine expert, was fired on Friday in what his lawyer says was a decision based on "revenge" for Vindman's impeachment testimony. Vindman's twin brother Lt. Col. Yevgeny Vindman also worked for the NSC and, despite giving no public statements about President Trump or impeachment, was fired along along with him, The New York Times reports.

Alexander Vindman was escorted from the White House on Friday after Trump "decided to exact revenge," Vindman's lawyer wrote in a statement. That same revenge apparently extended to Yevgeny Vindman, who two sources say was escorted out at the same time as his brother, per the Times. Alexander Vindman's lawyer later confirmed Yevgeny Vindman's firing.

Alexander Vindman testified for Congress in Trump's impeachment inquiry, calling Trump's phone call with Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky "improper" and saying he reported it to a White House lawyer. Yevgeny Vindman, by all public accounts, didn't do any of that. Kathryn Krawczyk

2:11 p.m.

First lady Melania Trump is officially donning a face mask during the COVID-19 pandemic, although the jury's still out on whether her husband will follow suit.

In a social media post Thursday, the first lady shared a photo of herself wearing what appears to be a surgical mask, touting the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention's recommendation "to wear cloth face coverings."

"Remember, this does NOT replace the importance of social distancing," she wrote. "It is recommended to keep us all safe."

Melania's masking comes one week after President Trump announced he would not be wearing a mask, despite the CDC-issued guidelines urging people to do so. At the time, Trump implied that it would be odd to be "sitting in the Oval Office, behind that beautiful Resolute Desk" while wearing a mask, so it's unclear how he's taking this news.

The photo of the first lady appears to show her wearing a surgical mask rather than the CDC-recommended "cloth face covering," the former of which is recommended only for use by health care professionals and medical first responders amid critical supply shortages.