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Tags: Donald Trump | Trump Administration | lee zeldin | navy | seal | war crime | pardon

Rep. Zeldin: Trump Has Right to Weigh in on Navy SEAL Review

(CNN's "State of the Union")

By    |   Sunday, 24 November 2019 12:55 PM

President Donald Trump has every right to weigh in on a Navy review of SEAL commando Eddie Gallagher's status with the elite unit, Rep. Lee Zeldin, R-N.Y., said Sunday.

In an interview with CNN's "State of the Union," Zeldin defended Trump's tweeted support of Gallagher, who is facing a hearing on the chief petty officer's continued designation as a member of the SEALs.

"As commander in chief, it is his prerogative to weigh in like he did," Zeldin said.

"Whether it's a past president of future president, as commander in chief it's their prerogative if they want to defend somebody like this who has really gone through a lot to earn those types of awards," Zeldin said.

"It is not easy to earn that Trident and become a Navy SEAL," he noted, adding it takes "great pain, great sacrifice."

A military jury convicted Gallagher in July of posing with a corpse in Iraq during a 2017 deployment. He was acquitted of several other charges, including murder.

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President Donald Trump has every right to weigh in on a Navy review of SEAL commando Eddie Gallagher's status with the elite unit, Rep. Lee Zeldin, R-N.Y., told CNN's "State of the Union."
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