Trump protects SEAL who posed with corpse

2020-02-24 01:28:08    阅读:349847

US President Dona

ld Trump and senior Navy officials have

clashed as Trump vowed o

n Twitter he would not allow a Navy SEAL convicted of battlefield misconduct to be expelled from the elite force. Trump has intervened in events surrounding the court-martial of Special Operations Chief Edward Gallagher despite the support of top Navy leaders for a formal review of Gallaghers fitness to remain a SEAL. A military jury in July convicted Gallagher

of illegally posing for pictures with the corpse of an Islamic State fighter while deployed to Iraq in 2017 but acquitted him of murder in the detainees death. Gall

agher also was cleared of charges that he deliberately fired on unarmed civilians. He was sentenced to a demotion in rank and pay, but not prison time. Trump la

st Friday restor

ed Gallaghers rank and pay, allowing him to retire on a full pension, while pardoning two Army officers who were s小鱼儿玄机23077 eparately accused of war crimes in Afghanistan. Critics said Trumps actions undermined military justice and sent a message that battlefield atrocities would be tolerated. However, the Navys top SEAL, Rear Admiral Collin Green, then convened a special five-member panel to review the ca

se and recommend whether Gallagher should be stripped of the trident pin designating him a SEAL. Gallagher, 40, was formally notified on Wednesday that he was the subject of a "trident review board" hearing set for Dec. 2. Trumps rebuke on Twitter came the next morning. "The Navy will NOT be taking away Warfighter and Navy Seal Eddie Gallaghers Trident Pin. This case was handled very badly f

rom the beginning. Get back to business!" Trump tweeted. A short time later, Gallagher was told by Navy officials that the review would proceed as planned. Rear Admiral Charlie Brown, a Navy spokesman in Washington, issued a statement Thursday e

vening indicating the Navy was looking for a formal directive, as opposed to a presidential tweet. "The Navy follows the lawful orders of the President,&qu

ot; he said. "We are aware of the Presidents tweet and we are awaiting further guidance." Australian Associated Press