Donald Trump Tweets Support of Navy SEAL Accused of War Crimes

A Navy SEAL chief who awaits a murder trial got the support of President Donald Trump on Saturday.

Eddie Gallagher, who pleaded not guilty in January to war crimes allegedly committed during a tour in Iraq, was mentioned in a tweet from Trump that stated Gallagher would soon be moved to less restrictive confinement until his next appearance in front of a military court.

"In honor of his past service to our Country, Navy Seal #EddieGallagher will soon be moved to less restrictive confinement while he awaits his day in court. Process should move quickly! @foxandfriends @RepRalphNorman"

In honor of his past service to our Country, Navy Seal #EddieGallagher will soon be moved to less restrictive confinement while he awaits his day in court. Process should move quickly! @foxandfriends @RepRalphNorman

— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) March 30, 2019

Rep. Ralph Norman, a Republican who represents the 5th Congressional District of South Carolina, said he spoke with Trump on Friday regarding Gallagher. In a series of tweets, Norman thanked the president and the 40 Congressional colleagues who stood by Gallagher, and then he listed accomplishments from the SEAL's record.

"This morning, I spoke with President @realDonaldTrump by phone about Navy SEAL #EddieGallagher. And I want to thank the President for deciding to move Chief Ghallager to less restrictive confinement while he awaits his day in court.

"Eddie Gallagher is a two-time recipient of the Bronze Star, and served our nation on eight tours of duty under conditions most of us could not fathom.

"As I've said from the start, I believe Chief Gallagher will soon have a fair and impartial trial. But until proven otherwise, it's appropriate that he be treated as a decorated soldier who still has the presumption of innocence.

"Again, many thanks to President Trump, as well as approx. 40 other Members of Congress who took a stand on this issue, including @Rep_Hunter, @RepDanCrenshaw and so many others."

This morning, I spoke with President @realDonaldTrump by phone about Navy SEAL #EddieGallagher. And I want to thank the President for deciding to move Chief Ghallager to less restrictive confinement while he awaits his day in court. (1/4)

— Rep. Ralph Norman (@RepRalphNorman) March 29, 2019

Eddie Gallagher is a two-time recipient of the Bronze Star, and served our nation on eight tours of duty under conditions most of us could not fathom. (2/4)

— Rep. Ralph Norman (@RepRalphNorman) March 29, 2019

As I've said from the start, I believe Chief Gallagher will soon have a fair and impartial trial. But until proven otherwise, it's appropriate that he be treated as a decorated soldier who still has the presumption of innocence. (3/4)

— Rep. Ralph Norman (@RepRalphNorman) March 29, 2019

Again, many thanks to President Trump, as well as approx. 40 other Members of Congress who took a stand on this issue, including @Rep_Hunter, @RepDanCrenshaw and so many others. (4/4)

— Rep. Ralph Norman (@RepRalphNorman) March 29, 2019

Gallagher is charged with premeditated murder of an already-injured 15-year-old ISIS fighter in Iraq during a tour in May 2017. The report says Gallagher allegedly texted a photo of himself holding a knife in one hand and the ISIS fighter's head in his other hand.

Gallagher underwent specialized care for head wounds sustained in Iraq, and he was moved to the Naval Consolidated Brig Miramar for the 17 weeks leading up to his Jan. 5 arraignment.

Rep. Duncan Hunter wrote to the president in January, asking for the commander-in-chief to stop the court martial. In the letter, Hunter said Gallagher had also been confined "where allegedly, he has not been provided with quality access to medical care, mental health services or legal representation.

"If true, it is completely unacceptable and, without hesitation, I will introduce legislation to ensure this situation is not repeated."