U.S. Navy SEAL Insignia
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In a not quite unexpected twist, the Secretary of the Navy, Richard V. Spencer strongly denied a New York Times report (go figure) that he had threatened to resign over the CPO Gallagher case. From the article in Defense News
Navy Secretary Richard V. Spencer denied Saturday he has threatened to resign over President Donald Trump’s intervention in the case of a Navy SEAL convicted of posing for photos with a dead prisoner of war.
“Contrary to popular belief, I’m still here. I did not threaten to resign,” Spencer said at the Halifax International Security Forum, where Spencer was speaking on a panel about the Arctic. “Let’s just say we are here to talk about to talk about external threats and Eddie Gallagher is not one of them.”
Here’s the best part, emphasis mine
Spencer, the Navy’s top civilian, also said he would comply if Trump orders him to stop plans for a Navy hearing to decide whether to strip Special Warfare Operator Chief Edward “Eddie” Gallagher of his SEAL trident.
Well, ain’t THIS a “180 out” as Military folks might observe. Obviously, more to follow on this story. Stay tuned for additional commentary by the real resident military experts, Streiff and Stu as this story unfolds.
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