U.S. Secretary of the Navy Richard Spencer on Saturday denied a report he had threatened to resign on Saturday.
Defense Secretary Mark T. Esper asked for the resignation of Navy Secretary Richard V. Spencer on Sunday.
This was after Secretary Spencer’s mishandling and continued threats to Navy SEAL Gallagher.
It’s about time.
Secretary Spencer continued to threaten Navy SEAL Gallagher after his pardon by President Trump.
What kind of person does that?
On Saturday Maggie Haberman from the NY Times said Spencer had threatened to resign over the case.
“The secretary of the Navy and the admiral who leads the SEALs have threatened to resign or be fired if plans to expel a commando from the elite unit in a war crimes case are halted by President Trump, administration officials said Saturday.” https://t.co/b0ogA8JHVA
— Maggie Haberman (@maggieNYT) November 23, 2019
President Trump told Navy SEAL Eddie Gallagher to, “Have no fear, all will end well.”
Navy Seal Eddie Gallagher will be on @foxandfriends this morning at 7:30 A.M. Have no fear, all will end well for everyone!
— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) November 24, 2019
UPDATE– Here Secretary of Defense Mark Esper’s statement on the removal of Secretary of the Navy Richard Spencer.
Statement by DOD Spokesman Jonathan Hoffman
NOV. 24, 2019
Statement by DOD Spokesman Jonathan Hoffman:
“Secretary of Defense Mark T. Esper has asked for the resignation of Secretary of the Navy Richard Spencer after losing trust and confidence in him regarding his lack of candor over conversations with the White House involving the handling of Navy SEAL Eddie Gallagher.
After Secretary Esper and Chairman Milley spoke with the Commander in Chief on Friday regarding the case of Gallagher, Secretary Esper learned that Secretary Spencer had previously and privately proposed to the White House – contrary to Spencer’s public position – to restore Gallagher’s rank and allow him to retire with his Trident pin. When recently asked by Secretary Esper, Secretary Spencer confirmed that despite multiple conversations on the Gallagher matter, Secretary Esper was never informed by Secretary Spencer of his private proposal.
Secretary Esper’s position with regard to UCMJ, disciplinary, and fitness for duty actions has always been that the process should be allowed to play itself out objectively and deliberately, in fairness to all parties. However, at this point, given the events of the last few days, Secretary Esper has directed that Gallagher retain his Trident pin. Secretary Esper will meet with Navy Under Secretary (now Acting Secretary) Thomas Modley and the Chief of Naval Operations Admiral Michael Gilday on Monday morning to discuss the way ahead.
“I am deeply troubled by this conduct shown by a senior DOD official.” said Secretary Esper. “Unfortunately, as a result I have determined that Secretary Spencer no longer has my confidence to continue in his position. I wish Richard well.”
Secretary Esper has proposed to the President that Ambassador Kenneth Braithwaite, current U.S. Ambassador to Norway and a retired Navy Rear Admiral, be considered as the next Secretary of the Navy.”