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Republican Senator says he’s ‘very comfortable’ with Trump making call on Navy SEAL review

Sen. Roger Wicker (R-Miss.) said Sunday he is “very comfortable” with President Trump making the decision on whether or not to continue a review of Navy SEAL Edward Gallagher. 

“I think the president as commander-in-chief can make this decision,” Wicker said Sunday on NBC’s “Meet the Press.”

Host Chuck Todd pressed Wicker, asking him “should” Trump do so even if it is within his rights. 

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“I feel very comfortable with him making it,” Wicker responded. 

The Republican added that he also feels “very comfortable” with how Trump has handled other cases. 

Navy Secretary Richard Spencer reportedly said Sunday he does not consider Trump’s recent tweet that the the Navy would “NOT be taking away Warfighter and Navy SEAL Eddie Gallagher’s Trident Pin” to be a formal order. 

“I need a formal order to act,” Spencer said while speaking on the sidelines of the Halifax International Security Forum in Canada, The Associated Press reported

The Navy reportedly informed Gallagher, a chief petty officer, on Wednesday that he would face a legal review next month into whether he could stay on the Navy SEALS. 

The information came after a military jury had convicted Gallagher in July of posing with a corpse in Iraq during a 2017 deployment and acquitted him of murder.

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