The commander follows the Secretary of the Navy who was fired for his disagreement with Trump over this same incident.
Courtesy of the Business Insider:
Special Warfare Rear Adm. Collin Green, the US Navy admiral responsible for the service’s special-operations forces, will step down from his position in September, The Intercept reported over the weekend.
His retirement follows the controversial court-martial of Special Warfare Operator Chief Eddie Gallagher. Green moved to withdraw Gallagher’s Trident pin, which signifies membership in the Navy SEAL community.
Green in November ordered a peer evaluation of Gallagher, who had been demoted and charged with war crimes, including the murder of an ISIS prisoner of war and the shooting of two people in Iraq in 2017. Gallagher was acquitted of those counts but convicted of a lesser charge of posing for a picture with the dead ISIS fighter.
However, President Donald Trump intervened in the Navy’s judicial system to free Gallagher from pretrial detention and to restore his rank after the conviction. Trump said that he was “sticking up for our armed forces” and that “there’s never been a president that’s going to stick up for them, and has, like I have.”
The apparent disagreement between Green and the White House fueled the controversy in the Gallagher case.
The incident led to other resignations by Navy leaders. Navy Secretary Richard Spencer was forced to resign after expressing disagreement with Trump’s actions. According to a New York Times report, Spencer and Green had threatened to resign if Trump intervened on Gallagher’s behalf.
Trump bragged last night in his SOTU speech about rebuilding the military.
But in reality he has undermined a number of military leaders and robbed them of resources to build his damnable border wall.
Trump uses the military like a child playing with toy soldiers and has no respect for their ethical guidlines or their chain of command.