November 23, 2019

Trump Orders Navy not to Strip SEAL of Trident Pin

  • Executive

By: Nate James

In Brief:

President Trump ordered the Navy not to take away a combat veteran’s Trident Pin.

The Background:

Eddie Gallagher, Naval Special Operations Chief, was “recently acquitted of murder charges but convicted of posing with the corpse of an ISIS fighter,” the Gateway Pundit reports. President Trump subsequently restored Gallagher’s rank and pay grade, though the SEALs tried to have him kicked out.

The New York Times reports, “The pin is the most tangible sign of membership in a famously exclusive community: an eagle perched on a horizontal three-pronged trident, clutching a flintlock pistol, with an upright anchor nestled in the mix. They are symbols of the domains that comprise the SEAL acronym: Sea, Air and Land. And to show the SEALs’ readiness to fight, the pistol’s hammer is cocked back, ready to fire.”

Rear Admiral Colling Green, head of the Navy SEALs, announced he was stripping Gallagher of his SEAL Trident Pin, to which Trump responded in a Tweet:

Why It Matters:

This latest action is, the Gateway Pundit reports, “part of the Commander in Chief’s efforts to redress abuse in the military legal system against combat service members.”

Notable Quotes:

"Monday morning the admiral comes in and says I disagree with the president, I'm going to take his Trident. What he's doing here is really just an effort to publicly humiliate Chief Gallagher and stick it right in the president's eye."

  • Tim Parlatore, Eddie Gallagher’s attorney

Nate James writes from Texas.

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