YOU’RE FIRED! Trump Removes Navy Secretary Over Pardoned Navy Seal Controversy

YOU’RE FIRED! Trump Removes Navy Secretary Over Pardoned Navy Seal Controversy
YOU’RE FIRED! Trump Removes Navy Secretary Over Pardoned Navy Seal Controversy

If you mess with the bull, you get the horns!

Navy Secretary Richard Spencer was asked to resign by Secretary of Defense Mark Esper on Sunday over the poor handling in the controversial case of Navy SEAL Chief Petty Officer Edward Gallagher.

Gallagher was accused of committing war crimes during a 2017 combat deployment and was eventually acquitted of murder. He was, however, convicted of posing with a corpse of a captive in July of this year.

The Washington Post reported,

Esper asked for Spencer’s resignation after learning that he had privately proposed to White House officials that if they did not interfere with proceedings against Gallagher, then Spencer would ensure that Gallagher was able to retire as a Navy SEAL, with his Trident insignia.

Spencer’s private proposal to the White House — which he did not share with Esper over the course of several conversations about the matter — contradicted his public position on the Gallagher case, chief Pentagon spokesman Jonathan Hoffman said in a statement.

Esper asked for Spencer’s resignation after learning that he had privately proposed to White House officials that if they did not interfere with proceedings against Gallagher, then Spencer would ensure that Gallagher was able to retire as a Navy SEAL, with his Trident insignia.

According to reports, Spencer also made “indecent proposals” to the White House after President Trump issued pardons to Gallagher, Maj. Mathew Golsteyn, and two other soldiers on November 15th.

Esper said he was “deeply troubled by this conduct” and stated,

“Unfortunately, as a result I have determined that Secretary Spencer no longer has my confidence to continue in his position. I wish Richard well.”

President Trump reinstated Gallagher’s rank after his July conviction.

President Trump tweeted:

After the Commander-In-Chief posted his tweet, the now former Navy Secretary Spencer said he didn’t consider a tweet by the President a “formal order” to stop a Navy review board, scheduled to start Dec. 2, to determine if Gallagher would be allowed to remain a Navy SEAL.

He said,

“I need a formal order to act.”

It appears the only formal act he needs to do now is clean out his office.

Does the Navy Secretary Spencer deserve to be fired?

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