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Trump spars with Navy over sailor’s case

by Harvest Prude
Posted 11/22/19, 11:36 am

WASHINGTON—President Donald Trump tweeted Thursday that U.S. Navy leadership “will NOT be taking away Warfighter and Navy Seal Eddie Gallagher’s Trident Pin,” which designates a sailor as a SEAL. The president intervened on Gallagher’s behalf last week at the same time he pardoned two U.S. Army officers of crimes committed in combat zones.

Why is Trump intervening? On Wednesday, the Navy notified Gallagher he would face a review early next month to determine if he should remain a SEAL. A military jury convicted Gallagher of posing with the corpse of an Islamic State (ISIS) fighter in Iraq in 2017, sentenced him to four months of time served, and demoted him to chief. Last week, Trump restored Gallagher’s rank. Capt. Tamara Lawrence, a spokeswoman for the Naval Special Warfare Command, said Tuesday that while the force restored Gallagher’s paygrade, the presidential intervention did not overturn his original conviction or expunge it from his record. Trump’s lawyers accused the Navy of trying to remove Gallagher’s SEAL designation in retaliation for Trump’s leniency.

Dig deeper: Read my report in The Sift on Trump’s presidential pardons last week.

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Harvest Prude

Harvest is a political reporter for WORLD's Washington Bureau. She is a World Journalism Institute and Patrick Henry College graduate. Harvest resides in Washington, D.C. Follow her on Twitter @HarvestPrude.

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  •  West Coast Gramma's picture
    West Coast Gramma
    Posted: Sat, 11/23/2019 07:25 pm


  • Cyborg3's picture
    Posted: Sun, 11/24/2019 07:55 am

    Obama filled the government and military with partisan actors bent on implementing a very liberal agenda.  The fact that the Navy would stand up to the Commander in Chief and not say "Yes Sir!" speaks volumes about the disrepair and partisan nature of our military. Trump needs to immediately remove the commander or commanders that questioned his order and address the politically correct nature that is run amok in the military.  I am sure the Democrats have some plan to say that Trump has no right to command the military and will bring up some fakey charges of insubordination of the Commander in Chief, but that is "par" for the course! It will take time to clean out the military and government but that had better be one of the top agendas of the President or our country will not last very long! 

  • OldMike
    Posted: Mon, 11/25/2019 01:55 am

    President Trump isn’t the first President to pardon military personnel convicted of crimes while in the service.  Chester Arthur, John Tyler, James Polk all did. Lincoln pardoned a fair number of young soldiers sentenced to death for dereliction of duty or desertion. Truman pardoned numbers of soldiers who deserted in the years between the end of WW 2 and the start of the Korean War. Andrew Johnson and Ulysses Grant pardoned those who fought for the Confederacy. Both Ford and Carter pardoned not servicemen, but thousands of those who had evaded the draft or in some way refused to serve. And infamously, Nixon pardoned Lt. William Calley. And Obama pardoned Chelsea Manning.