Trump, Navy disagree on SEAL's status

U.S. Navy leadership is deciding whether Special Warfare Chief Eddie Gallagher can keep his status as a SEAL as President Donald Trump tweets support of Gallagher.
1:49 | 11/22/19

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leadership over Navy S.E.A.L. Eddie Gallagher. The Navy moving to strip him of his status as a S.E.A.L. Tonight, ABC's Martha Raddatz. Reporter: Tonight, chief petty officer Edward Gallagher at the center of a high stakes showdown between the Navy's top leadership and president trump. Gallagher was acquitted of war crime charges in the killing of a teenage ISIS prisoner, but convicted for posing in a picture next to the teen, defiling a corpse. But last weeshgs president trump granted him clemency. They tried to frame Mel as a criminal from the get-go. Reporter: But just days after Gallagher was granted clemency, the Navy started a process that could lead to Gallagher being kicked out of the S.E.A.L.S and losing the try dent pin that identifies him as a member of that elite community. Now president trump has stepped in again. Today, in a stunning public reversal, tweeting, "The Navy will not be taking away Eddie Gallagher's trident pin. This case was handled very badly from the beginning. Get back to business!" Just before the president's tweet, Gallagher's attorney appeared on Fox News, blasting rear admiral Collin green, the officer spearheading the effort to remove Gallagher from the elite force. So, what he's doing here is really just an effort to try to publicly humiliate chief Gallagher and stick it in the president's eye. Reporter: The admiral took great risk to pursue this action, given the president's support of Gallagher, so, it is possible he could now be removed or resign and if he remains, it is highly unlikely he will ever be promoted. David? All right, we'll continue to follow this. Martha, thank you.

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