Navy goes forward with SEAL status review of Eddie Gallagher despite Trump’s tweet

Navy goes forward with SEAL status review of Eddie Gallagher despite Trump’s tweet

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SEAL team’s top commander announced that the Navy will continue with a review board of Chief Eddie Gallagher, despite President Trump's promise that Gallagher will remain in the elite command force.

Rear Admiral Collin Green plans on pursuing a “trident review board” of Gallagher, who was acquitted of the war crime of murder earlier this year but was convicted of a lesser charge of bad conduct for posing with the corpse of an Iraqi detainee killed in custody, Reuters reports. Gallagher was demoted after that conviction, but Trump ordered his rank and pay to be restored last week.

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On Thursday, after news reports that Gallagher was in danger of being scrapped out of the SEALS, Trump posted a tweet denying the move.

The Trident Pin is a symbol of membership in the SEALs.

Rear Adm. Green informed Gallagher’s lawyer that a “trident review board” of Gallagher is still planned. “Trump’s tweet on Thursday appeared to escalate the prospect of a showdown between the president and senior Navy leadership supporting Green’s decision to review Gallagher’s SEAL status,” Reuters reported.

Timothy Parlatore, Gallagher’s lead defense attorney, told Reuters that Trump’s tweet was “unequivocal,” and that the Navy should be treated as a “direct and lawful order from the commander-in-chief.”

In a statement issued late Thursday, Rear Adm. Charlie Brown, Chief of Information, said: "The Navy follows the lawful orders of the President. We will do so in case of an order to stop the administrative review of SOC Gallagher's professional qualification. We are aware of the President's tweet and we are awaiting further guidance."

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