Trump’s Defense Sec. Asks For Navy Secretary’s Resignation For Defying Trump In SEAL Controversy
President Donald Trump’s Defense Secretary Mark Esper asked for Navy Secretary Richard Spencer’s resignation on Sunday over the Eddie Gallagher controversy, the Washington Post reported Sunday.
Trump sparked divisions with the Pentagon after tweeting last week that Gallagher, who was convicted for posing with the corpse of a dead ISIS militant in 2017, should not be removed from the Navy SEALs.
Spencer said on Saturday that disciplinary action against Gallagher would not be stopped just because of a tweet from Trump, saying that he does not consider a tweet a formal order.
The New York Times reported on Saturday that Spencer and a top admiral had threatened to resign if Trump blocked the Navy’s plans to expel Gallagher from the SEALs.
Esper told the Post in a statement that he was “deeply troubled” by Spencer’s conduct.
“Unfortunately, as a result, I have determined that Secretary Spencer no longer has my confidence to continue in his position. I wish Richard well,” Esper said.
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