President Donald Trump made it clear from the beginning – when he first declared his candidacy for president – that he would be a pro-military president. And so he has been.
Trump on Friday pardoned three members of our country’s armed forces who had been accused of crimes. Trump wiped out murder charges against Army Green Beret Major Mathew L. Golsteyn. Golsteyn had not yet gone through a trial. He also released former army lieutenant Clint Lorance, who had been accused of war crimes.
And finally, in what is no doubt the most famous case, he reversed Chief Petty Officer Edward Gallagher’s demotion. Gallagher is a Navy SEAL who was acquitted of murder, but convicted of a lesser crime.
Trump called all three to let them know about the pardons personally.
‘The president, as Commander-in-Chief, is ultimately responsible for ensuring that the law is enforced and when appropriate, that mercy is granted,’ the pardon statement read.
The statement continued, ‘These actions are in keeping with this long history. As the President has stated, ‘when our soldiers have to fight for our country, I want to give them the confidence to fight”.
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