Throughout American history, American presidents have largely stayed out of Military discipline. Last month, Donald Trump changed that by pardoning 3 soldiers who had been convicted of war crimes.
The President claimed that each of the men, Eddie Gallagher, Matthew Golsteyn and Clint Lorance had been treated unfairly and he was simply righting a wrong. Last night, Trump brought two of the men, Lorance and Golsteyn onstage with him at a Florida fundraiser.
9 soldiers testified against Lorance who served as the men’s platoon leader. Thanks, in part to their testimony, Lorance was convicted on two counts of murder, was sentenced to 20 years in prison and was removed from the Army.
Mathew Golsteyn, a former Green Beret, was removed from the Army after it was discovered that he had killed an alleged bomb maker. The Army actually reopened his case after he admitted to the killing during a Fox News interview in 2016.
Trump said of Golsteyn’s case, “At the request of many, I will be reviewing the case of a ‘U.S. Military hero,’ Major Matt Golsteyn, who is charged with murder. He could face the death penalty from our own government after he admitted to killing a Terrorist bomb maker while overseas.”
At the request of many, I will be reviewing the case of a “U.S. Military hero,” Major Matt Golsteyn, who is charged with murder. He could face the death penalty from our own government after he admitted to killing a Terrorist bomb maker while overseas. @PeteHegseth @FoxNews
— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) December 16, 2018
During the event, Trump continually criticized Speaker of the House Nancy Pelosi over the current impeachment inquiry.
He also joked about current Florida governor Ron DeSantis. He said of his political ally, “DeSantis is always up in Washington bugging me for federal aid and federal money. He is unabashed in making asks for Florida.”