Eddie Gallagher and his wife Andrew got to thank President Trump in person for overruling the Navy’s decision to strip the SEAL of his Trident pen.
Gallagher noted on Instagram he presented President Trump and First Lady Melania with a “little gift from Eddie’s deployment to Mosul.”
Dailymail reports Eddie Gallagher has met with Donald Trump and his wife Melania at their Mar-a-Lago estate to ‘thank’ the president after he overruled the Navy’s decision to strip the SEAL of his Trident pin.
Eddie and his wife Andrea shared a series of images from the event in Palm Beach, Florida, where the first family will be spending Christmas.
They gave the president ‘a little gift from Eddie’s deployment to Mosul’ during the meeting.
The couple were also pictured alongside Don Jr., later adding on Instagram: ‘God Bless the Trump family and all they are doing for this country!’ They are understood to have been at a Turning Point USA party.
Chief Petty Officer Gallagher was accused of war crimes that included murder in the fatal stabbing of an Islamic State militant captive in his care and attempted murder in the shootings of civilians during a 2017 deployment to Iraq.
In the end, the military jury acquitted Gallagher of all the charges except one, posing in photos with the dead captive. He was demoted but was later allowed to keep his Trident Pin and retire a SEAL after an intervention by Trump.
The couple wrote on their shared Instagram account Saturday night: ‘Finally got to thank the President and his amazing wife by giving them a little gift from Eddie’s deployment to Mosul. #TRUMP2020 @realdonaldtrump @flotus.’
A series of pictures shows the Gallaghers meeting with Donald and Melania in civilian formal wear.
The president can be seen holding the gift, which has not been identified, after landing into Palm Beach on Friday.
Trump took an interest in the case after Bernard Kerick, a former business partner to Trump personal lawyer Rudy Giuliani, became an advocate for the family and made appearances in conservative media.
He tweeted in support of Gallagher, praising the sailor’s service to the country and saying the case was ‘handled very badly from the beginning’.
Shortly after the trial, Trump got involved again by ordering the Navy to withdraw commendations that prosecutors received for their work.
Trump last month directed the Navy to restore Gallagher to his previous rank as he issued pardons to two Army soldiers.