AP Report: White House backs down in SEAL Gallagher / Navy dispute – will let review board proceed


After President Donald Trump initially tweeted to block the Navy from removing Chief Petty Officer Edward Gallagher from the SEALs, the White House has signaled it will now let the case play out.

The White House issued new guidance, advising the Navy to proceed with a review board considering whether Gallagher remain with his Navy SEAL unit, according to an unnamed Navy official who spoke to the Associated Press.

The apparent change of heart in the Trump White House could resolve a dispute between Trump and the Navy, in which they will decide if Gallagher will remain a SEAL. The Navy review of Gallagher’s case followed a decision by Trump to reinstate Gallagher at his full rank of Chief Petty Officer after the SEAL was demoted for taking pictures alongside a dead ISIS fighter.

Gallagher had previously been cleared of charges he murdered an ISIS captive, though he was still reduced to the rank of Petty Officer First Class for appearing alongside the dead ISIS member.


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