Ex-Navy Secretary: Gallagher Case Shows Trump Doesn’t Understand What It Means to Be in the Military
Richard Spencer, the former secretary of the Navy, has spoken out about what he described as the Trump administration’s “shocking and unprecedented intervention” in the case of Chief Petty Officer Edward Gallagher, a Navy SEAL accused of war crimes. Spencer wrote in a Washington Post op-ed published Wednesday that President Trump intervened in the case before the trial against Gallagher had even started in March, with two calls from the president urging Spencer to release Gallagher from the Navy brig and place him in a less-secure holding facility. “I came to believe that Trump’s interest in the case stemmed partly from the way the defendant’s lawyers and others had worked to keep it front and center in the media,” Spencer wrote.
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Trump “Has Very Little Understanding of What it Means to Be in the Military”
Former Navy Secretary Richard Spencer, who was fired last weekend, harshly criticized President Donald Trump in an op-ed piece, blasting the commander in chief for getting involved in a case involving a Navy SEAL who had been accused of war crimes. Writing in the Washington Post, Spencer detailed just how much Trump tried to get involved in the review of Chief Petty Officer Edward Gallagher “almost from the start,” Spencer wrote. And then at every stage of the process, which was highly unusual.
“A war fighter is a profession of arms, and a profession of arms has standards that they have to be held to, and they hold themselves to,” Spencer said.
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