Many Democrats, including Pete Buttigieg were upset when President Trump signed full pardons for Army First Lieutenant Clint Lorance and Army Major Mathew Golsteyn, while directing the promotion of Special Warfare Operator First Class Edward R. Gallagher.
Major Mat Golsetyn was accused of killing a suspected Taliban bomb maker in a controversial case.
In a Sunday Tweet, President Trump made it clear he would NOT have commuted Chelsea Manning’s sentence as Obama did.
Thank you Pete. Our great warfighters must be allowed to fight. I would not have done this for Sgt. Bergdahl or Chelsea Manning! https://t.co/3zM6LVqYn7
— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) November 17, 2019
Per DailyMail, President Donald Trump has defended his pardons of three service members accused of war crimes, saying that he would not have exercised executive pardons for Army deserter Bowe Bergdahl or leaker Chelsea Manning.
‘Our great warfighters must be allowed to fight. I would not have done this for Sgt. Bergdahl or Chelsea Manning!’ Trump said in a tweet on Sunday, two days after issuing three pardons of service members.
Bergdahl was demoted to private and dishonorably discharged in a 2017 court-martial for desertion of duty in Afghanistan, after unsuccessfully lobbying former President Barack Obama for a pardon.
In his final days in office, Obama used executive clemency to commute the prison sentence of Manning, an Army soldier who was dishonorably discharged and sentenced to 35 years in prison for sharing classified military documents with WikiLeaks.
In an interview with ABC, Chelsea Manning claimed she didn’t think her leaks would threaten national security.
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