White House ‘will not intervene’ in Navy SEAL’s disciplinary proceedings

The US Navy secretary has said he does not consider a tweet by Donald Trump an order after the president waded into a row over the future of a Navy SEAL.

Richard Spencer has said he would need a formal instruction to act after Mr Trump signalled he would block a Navy deal convicted of battlefield misconduct being kicked out of the top special forces unit.

A review is to be held next month into whether the chief petty officer, Eddie Gallagher, should remain a Navy SEAL.

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 has been cleared of murder in the stabbing to death of an Islamic State militant, but was found guilty by a military court of posing with the dead body while in Iraq in 2017, resulting in his demotion.

However, Mr Trump intervened to restore Gallagher’s rank last week.

Mark Gibson

Graduates in Northwestern University, Evanston, Illinois 1990. Move to Los Angeles California in 2004. Specialized in Internet journalism.

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