Trump congratulates Navy SEAL for acquittal on war crimes charges: ‘Glad I could help!’
President Trump on Wednesday praised a Navy SEAL who was acquitted of committing war crimes in the killing of a wounded ISIS captive in Mosul, Iraq.
“Congratulations to Navy Seal Eddie Gallagher, his wonderful wife Andrea, and his entire family,” Trump tweeted Wednesday. “You have been through much together. Glad I could help!”
A jury of seven soldiers found Special Operations Chief Edward Gallagher not guilty on Tuesday of charges that included killing unarmed civilians. Gallagher was found guilty of wrongfully posing with the corpse of the 12-year-old ISIS fighter, a charge that carries a maximum prison sentence of four months.
Trump’s tweet came after a Wednesday interview on “Fox & Friends” during which Gallagher thanked Trump, Fox News and two congressmen for their support during his trial. The president had previously considered pardoning Gallagher if he was found guilty.
“They tried to frame me as a criminal from the get-go, but we knew the truth the whole time,” Gallagher told Fox News. “We knew I was innocent of these charges the whole time and I overcame it by having my strong wife with me the whole time.”
4th July 2019