‘He gave me the order’: Esper says Trump directed that Eddie Gallagher keep his SEAL Trident

Secretary of Defense Mark Esper confirmed on Monday that President Trump ordered him to make sure Eddie Gallagher kept his Navy SEAL Trident.

“He gave me the order,” Esper told reporters at the Pentagon.

Esper fired Secretary of the Navy Richard Spencer on Sunday after the Navy announced it would conduct a review of Gallagher’s status in the SEAL community before his pending retirement.

“This dismissal is not about Eddie Gallagher. It’s about Secretary Spencer and the chain of command,” Esper said.

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