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 WickerSenators vet Buttigieg to run Transportation Department Wall Street Journal: GOP Electoral College 'stunt' will hurt US, Republican Party Bipartisan group of senators: The election is over MORE (R-Miss.) said Sunday he is "very comfortable" with President TrumpDonald TrumpBlinken holds first calls as Biden's secretary of State Senators discussing Trump censure resolution Dobbs: Republicans lost in 2020 because they 'forgot who was the true leader' 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 ToddSenators spar over validity of Trump impeachment trial Fauci tells Maddow he was 'blocked' from going on show under Trump admin Officials brace for second Trump impeachment trial MORE pressed Wicker, asking him "should" Trump do so even if it is within his rights. 


"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.