President Donald Trump continues to use Twitter for some of the most important, consequential decisions of his administration. This Saturday, he announced that past Navy SEAL Eddie Gallagher would be moved to “less restrictive confinement” in the months left ahead of his trial on serious war crimes allegations. He’s alleged to have stabbed a teenage overseas prisoner to death and then posed with the corpse, attacked defenseless civilians, and sought to pressure those around his spot in the chain of command to protect his secrets.
Trump shared of his case, misspelling Gallagher’s position as if he’s an animal in a zoo:
‘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!’
He did not mention the crimes, which Gallagher claims he’s innocent of, but he did tag his long-favored morning show Fox & Friends, which has featured his case. He also tagged the Twitter account of Rep. Ralph Norman (R-S.C.), who, along with Fox host Brian Kilmeade, had lobbied for Gallagher’s pre-trial conditions to be improved.
It’s not the first time that Trump has made a national policy decision at least partly at the urging of cable news talking heads, with many having pointed out the criticism from conservative commentators that sprung up right before Trump abruptly decided against signing a government funding bill late last year. Neither is it the first time that the president has turned a blind eye to serious violations of legal norms, having proclaimed that he “fell in love” with North Korean dictator Kim Jong Un and withdrawn sanctions targeting Kim’s country because he “likes” the leader, according to spokeswoman Sarah Huckabee Sanders.
It’s part of the continuing story of Trump’s effort to reshape American policy to be in line with his own particular ideology, manifested through other means too like his threat to completely close the southern border over the surge in asylum seekers that he casts as an existential threat to the United States.
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