[Ed. – The Commander-in-Chief can do that, no matter how many boards they hold. Did the Navy really think he wouldn’t? No one has covered himself with glory in this incident; FWIW, I’m not taking sides on the merits, since none of us knows enough about the original situation and the charges to do that. The charges are serious; the misbehavior of the prosecution equally troubling. The SEALs from 10 years ago would have kept their internal discipline to themselves, let Gallagher retire and moved on. That would have been the best approach for good order and discipline. Not public showdowns with POTUS.]
The attorney for Navy SEAL Eddie Gallagher said on “Fox & Friends” Thursday that the Navy is trying to humiliate his client by potentially taking away his SEAL Trident, as President Trump reaffirmed his support for the embattled soldier.
“This is an action that they could have taken at any time from July right after the verdict, until today,” his lawyer Tim Parlatore said. “President Trump takes action on a Friday afternoon — Monday morning, the admiral [Adm. Collin Green] comes in and brings everybody together and says ‘I disagree with the president, we’re going to take his Trident.'” …
Shortly after Parlatore’s comments, Trump reaffirmed his support for Gallagher on Twitter and declared that he will not lose his Trident.
“The Navy will NOT be taking away Warfighter and Navy Seal Eddie Gallagher’s Trident Pin. This case was handled very badly from the beginning. Get back to business!” he wrote.