Trump is taking extra steps to protect alleged war criminal Eddie Gallagher after he already pardoned him
- President Donald Trump tweeted on Thursday that he would not allow the Navy to strip Chief Eddie Gallagher of his Trident, the insignia that marks him as a Navy SEAL.
- "The Navy will NOT be taking away Warfighter and Navy Seal Eddie Gallagher's Trident Pin," Trump tweeted. "This case was handled very badly from the beginning. Get back to business!"
- According to The New York Times, the decision to take Gallagher's Trident was already cleared with the White House by Tuesday.
- Trump has been involved in three war crimes cases, granting clemency to three warfighters accused or convicted of murder and other war crimes.
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In the latest development in a dramatic war crimes case, President Donald Trump is attempting to prevent the Navy from stripping Chief Eddie Gallagher of his Trident, the uniform insignia that indicates his membership in the elite SEAL community."The Navy will NOT be taking away Warfighter and Navy Seal Eddie Gallagher's Trident Pin," Trump tweeted on Thursday. "This case was handled very badly from the beginning. Get back to business!"Advertisement
Trump reinstated Gallagher's rank last week, after he was demoted to Petty Officer 1st Class for taking a photo with a deceased ISIS fighter, a war crime. Gallagher was originally accused of murdering the captive ISIS fighter, as well as shooting at civilians during a tour in Iraq. He was acquitted on those charges.
In November, Trump moved to grant Gallagher clemency, reinstating his rank and pay and paving the way for his retirement. But the Navy still moved to take Gallagher's Trident and boot him from the SEALs, a decision that had been approved by the chain of command up to the White House by Tuesday, according to The New York Times.The Navy reportedly tried to strip Gallagher's Trident in early November, before Trump granted him clemency. It did not follow through on the punitive measure at the time, and Gallagher's attorney Tim Parlatore issued a scathing letter to Naval Special Warfare Command chief Rear Adm. Collin Green.
Parlatore again hit back against Green on Fox News on Thursday."Monday morning the admiral comes in and says I disagree with the president, I'm going to take his Trident," Parlatore said."What he's doing here is really just an effort to publicly humiliate Chief Gallagher and stick it right in the president's eye."Advertisement
Trump's involvement in Gallagher's court-martial case was another spectacle in a case marked by shocking twists and turns, including the lead prosecutor being booted from the case for spying on the defense team's email and a teammate of Gallagher's confessing to the murder of the teenage ISIS fighter.
Trump also pardoned an Army lieutenant convicted of ordering his platoon to murder unarmed Afghans, and dismissed charges against a Green Beret accused of murdering an unarmed man in Afghanistan.
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!- Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) November 21, 2019
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