Amid the impeachment drama on Capitol Hill, President Donald Trump is vowing to fight for decorated Navy SEAL Eddie Gallagher after learning Gallagher’s superiors in the U.S. Navy are attempting to take away his coveted SEAL Trident.
The Navy will NOT be taking away Warfighter and Navy Seal Eddie Gallagher’s Trident Pin. This case was handled very badly from the beginning. Get back to business!
— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) November 21, 2019
Gallagher’s attorney revealed this development today on Fox & Friends.
Per Fox News:
“This is an action that they could have taken at any time from July right after the verdict, until today,” his lawyer Tim Parlatore said. “President Trump takes action on a Friday afternoon — Monday morning, the admiral [Adm. Collin Green] comes in and brings everybody together and says ‘I disagree with the president, we’re going to take his Trident.'”
A San Diego jury formerly sentenced Gallagher to a reduced rank and four months of confinement, which he has already served, for posing with the body of the dead ISIS fighter, which was considered the least egregious of the seven charges he was facing.
The White House announced that Trump signed an order last Friday reversing the sentence and “directing the promotion of Special Warfare Operator First Class Edward R. Gallagher to the grade of E-7, the rank he held before he was tried and found not guilty of nearly all of the charges against him.
Parlatore said the actions being taken by the Navy are geared toward humiliating Gallagher and serve no practical purpose.