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

Republican Senator says he's 'very comfortable' with Trump making call on Navy SEAL review
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Sen. Roger WickerRoger Frederick WickerGOP faces internal conflicts on fifth coronavirus bill Senators weigh traveling amid coronavirus ahead of Memorial Day Hillicon Valley: Facebook permanently shifting thousands of jobs to remote work | Congressional action on driverless cars hits speed bump during pandemic | Republicans grill TikTok over data privacy concerns MORE (R-Miss.) said Sunday he is "very comfortable" with President TrumpDonald John TrumpMulvaney: 'We've overreacted a little bit' to coronavirus Former CBS News president: Most major cable news outlets 'unrelentingly liberal' in 'fear and loathing' of Trump An old man like me should be made more vulnerable to death by COVID-19 MORE 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 ToddCharles (Chuck) David ToddCoronavirus Report: The Hill's Steve Clemons interviews Dr. Tom Inglesby Gottlieb calls for CDC to have 'elevated' role in coronavirus fight Navarro: CDC 'really let the country down with the testing' MORE 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.