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Defense Chief Esper Ousts Navy Secretary in SEAL Fallout

  • Esper demands resignation after losing ‘trust and confidence’
  • Trump slammed Navy’s handling of Gallagher situation
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Bloomberg’s Anna Edgerton reports on the SEAL fallout.Source: Bloomberg
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Defense Secretary Mark Esper asked and received the resignation of Navy Secretary Richard Spencer on Sunday over his handling of the case of a Navy SEAL accused of war crimes in Iraq that angered President Donald Trump.

“I was not pleased with the way that Navy Seal Eddie Gallagher’s trial was handled by the Navy,” Trump said in a series of tweets after Spencer’s ouster was announced by the Pentagon. Trump confirmed that Kenneth Braithwaite, the U.S. Ambassador to Norway since 2018, will be nominated as his replacement.