Trump Vows To Block Military From Removing Navy SEAL Accused Of War Crimes
President Donald Trump will not allow the military to remove accused war criminal Eddie Gallagher’s Navy SEAL status, according to a tweet Trump issued on Thursday morning.
USA Today reported that Trump, who has intervened on Gallagher’s behalf more than once since his legal troubles began, reversed the Navy SEAL’s demotion last week that was related to his war crimes charge.
“Gallagher was accused of using a knife to murder a teenage Islamic State prisoner in Iraq and of killing other civilians,” the publication reported. “A military court found Gallagher not guilty of the most serious charges in July but convicted him of posing for a photo with the ISIS victim.”
After the Navy said it plans to review Gallagher’s status as a Navy SEAL, Trump tweeted that he would not allow it to happen:
Donald J. Trump on Twitter
“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. Get back to business!”
Gallagher’s is one of three war crimes cases the president has taken an interest in, and last week, Trump “pardoned Army 1st Lt. Clint Lorance, who had been serving a 19-year sentence for ordering soldiers to fire on unarmed Afghan civilians, two of whom died.”