Read Navy Secretary’s Resignation Letter To Trump, Says He No Longer Shares The Same Understanding With POTUS In Regards To The “Principle Of Good Order And Discipline”

Trump is destroying the military's credibility.

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Defense Secretary Mark Esper fired Navy Secretary Richard Spencer over his handling of the case involving Navy SEAL Edward Gallagher and ordered that Gallagher keep his trident. Donald Trump took to Twitter to intervene in the case and have his Trident pin restored after he pardoned Gallagher along with two Army officers accused of war crimes in Afghanistan.

The Navy had tried to kick Gallagher out of the elite SEAL community after Gallagher was acquitted of murder in July. However, he was convicted of posing for a picture with a dead ISIS fighter and sentenced to be reduced one rank to first-class petty officer. Trump has been pardoning war criminals and that isn’t a good look for the military. The military tries to stay nonpolitical but Trump’s latest moves put them at odds with their “Commander-in-Chief.”

Spencer penned a letter of resignation stating that he has a fundamental disagreement with the “president” over the handling of Gallagher’s trident and their different interpretations of “good order and discipline.”

“The rule of law is what sets us apart from our adversaries,” Spencer wrote in his letter. “Good order and discipline is what has enabled our victory against foreign tyranny time and time again.”

“Unfortunately, it has become apparent that in this respect, 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,” he continued. “I cannot in good conscience obey an order that I believe violates the sacred oath I took in the presence of my family, my flag and my faith to support and defend the Constitution of the United States.”

Esper reportedly asked Spencer to resign after learning that Spencer promised White House officials that Gallagher would retire with his trident if they did not interfere with his review board.

“I am deeply troubled by this conduct shown by a senior DOD official,” Esper said. “Unfortunately, as a result, I have determined that Secretary Spencer no longer has my confidence to continue in his position. I wish Richard well.”

There are now three different versions of what took place.

What a hot mess, and of course, none of this is normal. Trump is destroying the military’s credibility as he treats them like toy soldiers who exist merely for his amusement.

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