Defense Secretary Mark Esper asked Navy Secretary Richard Spencer to resign this weekend.
“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 Pentagon’s spokesman said in a public statement.
President Trump stepped in to help Gallagher, who was acquitted of more serious crimes but convicted for taking a picture with a dead ISIS fighter.
Even though Trump cleared his record, the Navy, under Spencer’s leadership, announced that it would consider taking away Gallagher’s Trident pin, which would mean that he would no longer be in the SEALs.
Apparently, Spencer failed to disclosed to Esper that he had already had a conversation with the White House in which he proposed allowing Gallagher to retire and keep his pin. This means that he was saying one thing in private and another in public.
This kind of dishonestly is what Trump has come to expect, sadly. People with deep ties to the so-called “deep state” seem all too comfortable being two-faced and selling the President and his allies down the river.
It’s good that the President’s people are protecting him on this one.
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