US Navy Secretary fired over handling of Seal saga involving Trump

US Navy Secretary fired over handling of Seal saga involving Trump

Malaysiakini - News·2019-11-25 15:10

US Defense Secretary Mark Esper fired the navy’s top civilian on Sunday over his handling of the case of a navy Seal who was convicted of battlefield misconduct in Iraq and later won the support of President Donald Trump.

Esper also determined that the sailor in question, Special Operations Chief Edward Gallagher, should be allowed to retain his Trident pin designating him as a Seal - effectively ending the Navy’s efforts to carry out a peer review that could have ousted him from the elite force.

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