Secretary of the Navy Richard Spencer was dramatically forced out of post on Sunday, the latest victim of the escalating row over Navy SEAL Eddie Gallagher.
There has been recent speculation that Spencer had already threatened to quit over President Trump’s intervention in the disciplinary process. Spencer denies this accusation. However, on Sunday, Defense Secretary Mark Esper ordered Spencer to step down, saying he was “deeply troubled” by his conduct and that Spencer “no longer has my confidence.”
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
Chief Petty Officer Gallagher was recently acquitted of murdering an ISIS prisoner but found guilty of posing for a photo with the prisoner’s corpse. He was sentenced to four months in jail and demotion to Petty Officer First Class. President Trump stepped in to reverse the demotion and block Navy efforts to take away Gallagher’s coveted Trident pin, awarded for passing the SEALs BUD/S selection course. Spencer is believed to have disagreed with this decision.
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