decision to pardon several servicemen accused of war crimes has
already caused a stir among some people in the US military and his
most recent move to intervene in the SEAL status review process can
only complicate the situation. US Navy Secretary Richard Spencer has
officially denied rumours that he has threatened to resign if
President Donald Trump decides to terminate the review process for
the SEAL status of Edward Gallagher, a chief petty officer who was
recently pardoned by POTUS of his misconduct during deployment.
“Contrary to popular belief, I am still here. I did not threaten
to resign”, he stated.His alleged plans to resign were reported
by The New York Times, citing unnamed administration officials. The
report came in the wake of Spencer’s comment that he wants to conduct
a panel review of Gallagher’s SEAL status despite POTUS making
statements on Twitter that he would not allow the Navy to take away
the serviceman’s Trident Pin – a symbol of being a SEAL.
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