Government - Trump Sacks Navy Secretary
The Trump administration asked for the resignation of US Secretary of the Navy Richard Spencer after learning about a private proposal he made to the White House involving disgraced Navy SEAL.
"Secretary of Defense Mark T. Esper has asked for the resignation of Secretary of the Navy Richard Spencer after losing trust and confidence in him regarding his lack of candor over conversations with the White House involving the handling of Navy SEAL Eddie Gallagher," the Defense Department said in a statement on Sunday.
Gallagher is the Navy SEAL who was acquitted of murdering a wounded Islamic State militant in Iraq in 2017, but was later convicted of posing with the body of the dead prisoner. His fellow Navy SEALs turned him in to superiors, at the detriment of their own careers.
But Trump reversed Gallagher's demotion and tweeted that he shouldn't be kicked out of the SEALs as his superiors wanted. Gallagher has been busy trolling Navy leadership, giving insulting interviews to right-wing media including Murdoch's Fox News to belittle his superiors which you'd think would be a no-no.
Over the weekend, stories started to appear that Spencer was threatening to resign over Trump's interference in military disciplinary matters. The deal he reportedly proposed involved Gallagher resigning, but being allowed to leave the Navy as a SEAL.
Spencer's statement after this debacle took a subtle swipe at Trump: "I no longer share the same understanding with the Commander-in-Chief who appointed me, in regards to the key principle of good order and discipline."