Navy: We're Dumping Controversial SEAL. Trump: Nope

President comes to Eddie Gallagher's rescue once more
By Arden Dier,  Newser Staff
Posted Nov 21, 2019 10:30 AM CST
Trump Bucks Navy: Gallagher to Remain a SEAL
Navy Special Operations Chief Edward Gallagher leaves a military court on Naval Base San Diego on July 2, 2019.   (AP Photo/Gregory Bull)

President Trump is again coming to the rescue of a Navy SEAL accused of war crimes before his conviction of posing with a dead ISIS captive in Iraq in 2017. "The Navy will NOT be taking away Warfighter and Navy Seal Eddie Gallagher's Trident Pin," Trump tweeted Thursday, less than 24 hours after Gallagher learned of a decision by the Navy to remove him from the elite commando force, reports the New York Times. Though Trump reversed Gallagher's demotion last week, the Navy believed it was acting with "official approval," the Times reports. Trump's tweet came after Gallagher's lawyer appeared on Fox News, describing the Navy decision as an effort to "stick it right in the president's eye." (More President Trump stories.)

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