Trump: Navy SEAL won’t lose his sta­tus

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WASH­ING­TON >> Pres­i­dent Don­ald Trump in­sisted Thurs­day that the Navy “will NOT be tak­ing away Warfighter and Navy Seal Ed­die Gal­lagher’s Tri­dent Pin,” in­sert­ing him­self into an on­go­ing le­gal re­view of the sailor’s abil­ity to hold onto the pin that des­ig­nates him a SEAL.

The Navy on Wed­nes­day no­ti­fied Chief Petty Of­fi­cer Ed­ward Gal­lagher that he will face a re­view early next month to de­ter­mine if he should re­main on the elite force.

Gal­lagher was ac­quit­ted of a mur­der charge in the stab­bing death of an Is­lamic State mil­i­tant cap­tive, but a mil­i­tary jury con­victed him of pos­ing with the corpse while in Iraq in 2017. He was then de­moted to chief.

His lawyers have ac­cused the Navy of try­ing to re­move the SEAL des­ig­na­tion in re­tal­i­a­tion for Trump’s de­ci­sion last week to re­store Gal­lagher’s rank.

Rear Adm. Char­lie Brown, a Navy spokesman, re­sponded Thurs­day: “The Navy fol­lows the law­ful or­ders of the Pres­i­dent. We will do so in case of an or­der to stop the ad­min­is­tra­tive re­view of SOC Gal­lagher’s pro­fes­sional qual­i­fi­ca­tion. We are aware of the Pres­i­dent’s tweet and we are await­ing fur­ther guid­ance.”

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