Donald Trump recently took the extraordinary step of involving himself in military discipline cases. The move by the President infuriated multiple military officials. One of those officials was Richard V. Spencer who was asked to resign by United States Secretary of Defense, Mark Esper.
Now that he no longer works within the military, Spencer has taken the opportunity to comment on Trump’s behavior. In a new op-ed, the former Navy secretary has absolutely blasted the President for both his actions and his character.
Spencer noted that first he didn’t want to even speak with Donald Trump about the Eddie Gallagher case. He wrote, “On Nov. 14, partly because the president had already contacted me twice, I sent him a note asking him not to get involved in these questions. The next day, White House Counsel Pat Cipollone called me and said the president would remain involved.
The former Navy secretary continued, “This was a shocking and unprecedented intervention in a low-level review. It was also a reminder that the president has very little understanding of what it means to be in the military, to fight ethically or to be governed by a uniform set of rules and practices.”
Spencer finished the piece by writing, “Americans need to know that 99.9 percent of our uniformed members always have, always are and always will make the right decision. Our allies need to know that we remain a force for good, and to please bear with us as we move through this moment in time.”
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