U.S. Navy SEAL Insignia
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The New York Times reports just hours ago, the Secretary of the Navy and the Admiral in charge of Naval Special Operations Forces have threatened to resign if President Trump makes his twitter “order” to the Navy to refrain from taking Chief Petty Officer Gallagher’s SEAL Trident, official. Here’s the meat of the story
The secretary of the Navy and the admiral who leads the SEALs have threatened to resign or be fired if plans to expel a commando from the elite unit in a war crimes case are halted by President Trump, administration officials said Saturday.
The Navy is proceeding with the disciplinary plans against the commando, Chief Petty Officer Edward Gallagher, who counts Mr. Trump as one of his most vocal supporters. After reversing a demotion in recent days, the president suggested on Thursday that he would intervene again in the case, saying that the sailor should remain in the unit.
The threats by the Navy secretary, Richard V. Spencer, and the commander, Rear Adm. Collin Green, are A rare instance of pushback against Mr. Trump from members of the Defense Department. Defense Secretary Mark T. Esper and Gen. Mark Milley, the chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, scrambled to come up with a face-saving compromise this past week in the hope that Mr. Trump could be persuaded to change his mind.
Both Streiff and I have written about this issue. I’ll update this piece with those links for everyone’s convenience. For now, all I’ll say is, the rot is deep and needs to be excised.
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