The New York Times reported Saturday that the Secretary of the Navy threatened to resign if plans to expel Edward Gallagher from his elite SEAL unit were halted by President Trump.
Gallagher was acquitted by a military court in San Diego of charges of shooting civilians and murdering a captured Islamic State fighter, but was convicted of the lesser crime of posing for photos with the dead fighter’s body and faced demotion.
Trump reversed the demotion on Nov. 15, but the Navy still planned to remove Gallagher from his elite SEAL unit.
Then Trump tweeted Thursday that “the Navy will NOT be taking away Warfighter and Navy Seal Eddie Gallagher’s Trident Pin. This case was handled very badly from the beginning.”
Citing unnamed administration officials, the Times said Navy Secretary Richard V. Spencer and Rear Adm. Collin Green, the commander of the SEALS, both threatened to resign or be fired. But Spencer denied the report.
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