The United States Defense Secretary, Mark Esper, asked Navy Secretary, Richard Spencer, on Sunday to resign from his position over improper handling of a Navy SEAL case that created a void between Donald Trump and Pentagon top officials.
How did Things Escalate to this Level?
Edward Gallagher, a Navy SEAL, was accused of war crimes in Iraq that involved shooting on random civilians while serving in the country. He was only convicted for posing with the corpse of a 17-year-old unarmed Islamic group prisoner.
The officer was acquitted and notified by the Navy Officials that he would face a disciplinary review, which would result in a demotion of his rank. However, President Trump stated his disapproval in the form of a tweet saying “NOT be taking away Warfighter and Navy SEAL Eddie Gallagher’s Trident Pin”. Following this tweet, Edward Gallagher’s rank was reinstated. This drew much criticism from many Pentagon officials.
Why was the Navy Secretary Fired?
Mark Spencer fired Richard Spencer for not involving him in the private proposals he made with the White House that ensured Gallagher’s retirement as a Navy Seal if Trump does not intervene in the case.
In a statement, Esper wrote that he was “deeply troubled” with his action and he’s being fired for “lack of his candor”.
“Unfortunately, as a result, I have determined that Secretary Spencer no longer has my confidence to continue in his position,” Esper said, “I wish Richard well.”
Richard’s Statement on the Resignation
“The President deserves and should expect a Secretary of the Navy who is aligned with his vision for the future of our force generation and sustainment. Therefore, with pride, in the achievements, we’ve shared, and everlasting faith in the continued service and fidelity of the finest Sailors, Marines, and civilian teammates on earth, I hereby acknowledge my termination as the United States Secretary of the military, effective immediately,” Spencer wrote in the letter.
Newly Appointed Navy Secretary
President Trump on Sunday announced that he will nominate the U.S. ambassador to Norway Adm. Ken Braithwaite, as the new person for the position.
“A man of great achievement and success, I know Ken will do an outstanding job!” he tweeted.