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 WickerThis week: Congressional leaders to meet with Biden amid GOP reckoning Biden to meet with GOP senators amid infrastructure push Biden visits local Mexican restaurant to highlight relief program MORE (R-Miss.) said Sunday he is "very comfortable" with President TrumpDonald TrumpKinzinger, Gaetz get in back-and-forth on Twitter over Cheney vote READ: Liz Cheney's speech on the House floor Cheney in defiant floor speech: Trump on 'crusade to undermine our democracy' 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 ToddGOP divided over expected Cheney ouster Sunday shows - White House COVID-19 response coordinator says US is 'turning the corner' Hogan: GOP devolving into 'circular firing squad' with Cheney ouster 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.