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Trump says he intervened in war crimes cases to protect 'warriors'


November 26, 2019

Doug Mills – New York Times

From left, Secretary of State Mike Pompeo, President Donald Trump, and Navy secretary Richard Spencer, then the acting Defense secretary, in a Cabinet meeting at the White House in Washington, July 16, 2019. Defense Secretary Mark Esper on Nov. 24 demanded the resignation of Spencer, declaring that he had lost "confidence" in the Navy's top civilian leader after Spencer diverged from Trump over the treatment of a member of the Navy SEALs at the center of a high-profile war crimes case.

WASHINGTON – President Donald Trump doubled down Monday on his decision to intervene in several high-profile war crimes cases, comparing his leniency for a handful of American service members with actions taken by President Barack Obama, which Trump said were far worse.

Under fire over his insistence that a Navy SEAL convicted of misconduct not be punished, Trump sought to defend actions that have roiled the Pentagon, angered senior military leadership and led to the firing of the Navy secretary. Trump said that his refusal to allow the Navy to oust Chief Petty Officer Edward Gallagher from the SEALs showed he was sticking up for "warriors," and not traitors.


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