FIRING NOTICE: Congress Stunned – President Trump Did It

An interesting pattern has emerged over recent years: all the career Obama bureaucrats believe they are the ones who run the government and that everyone who came along after need to just shut up and do whatever they say.

But they aren’t running the show, President Donald Trump is. Trump won the 2016 election in a landslide because the American people voted him into office to get things done.

And that’s exactly what the president has been doing, especially in recent weeks for a former service member.

Trump has made it clear that he’s standing strong on the Gallagher case in the face of threatened resignations from Secretary of the Navy Richard Spencer.

In July, a military jury convicted Special Operations Chief Edward Gallagher of illegally posing for pictures with the corpse of an ISIS terrorist while Gallagher was deployed to Iraq in 2017.

The case had long been mired in controversy after it was discovered the Navy prosecutors had mishandled the prosecution.

Trump stepped in, pardoned Gallagher for his actions, and declared that he should remain a SEAL and have all of the honors and pins that he earned.

Now, Gallagher is facing a review board of peers to determine if he needs to be removed from the Navy’s elite warfighter squadrons.

Spencer threatened to resign over this, but Defense Secretary Mark Esper fired him on Sunday over his handling of the case.

Esper said Gallagher will be able to keep his Trident pin.

“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,” Pentagon spokesman Jonathan Hoffman said in a statement Sunday.

Trump also notified Congress of his move, which likely sent Democrats over the edge.

Fox News reports:

Controversy continued to swirl around whether or not the Navy would strip Gallagher of his Trident pin, ousting him from the prestigious SEALs after he was demoted from chief petty officer to a 1st class petty officer following his conviction in July.

President Trump this month restored Gallagher’s rank and ordered that the Navy halt its internal review of Gallagher’s actions from 2017 that resulted in a high-profile war crimes case, for which he was found not guilty of the murder of an Islamic State fighter in Iraq.

Esper and Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff Mark Milley spoke to Trump on Friday with the intention of persuading the president to allow the Trident review board to go forward with its inquiry.

Instead, Esper learned that Spencer previously and privately proposed to the White House – contrary to Spencer’s public position – to restore Gallagher’s rank and let him retire with his Trident pin, the Pentagon said. When Esper recently asked, Spencer confirmed that he’d never informed the defense secretary about his private proposal.

Spencer asked Trump to let the Navy review board go forward, promising that the board would, in the end, allow Gallagher to keep his Trident and rank, effectively alluding to his willingness to fix the results of the board usually comprised of the defendant’s peers.

Trump rejected the offer and said, “no, we’re done,” prompting the president to write a series of tweets doubling down on his efforts to halt the review, the official added.

A senior U.S. official told Fox News that Spencer was fired for “dishonesty and undermining the military justice system” as well as for “lack of candor.”

Esper ordered that Gallagher be allowed to keep his Trident pin, and it appears this saga will finally come to a close.

Esper suggested that Trump appoint Kenneth Braithwaite, the current U.S. ambassador to Norway and a retired Navy rear admiral, to replace Spencer.

The president tweeted Sunday evening he would nominate Braithwaite for the position and that he “was not pleased” with the way Gallagher’s trial was handled by the Navy.

After Spencer’s resignation and confirmation that he could keep his Trident pin and rank, Gallagher praised Trump in a statement to Fox News’ Pete Hegseth.

“President Donald Trump, you have my deepest gratitude and thanks,” Gallagher said. “You stepped in numerous times and showed true moral fiber by correcting all the wrongs that were being done to me. You are a true leader and exactly what the military and this nation needs. God bless you and your family.”

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