President Trump sent a strong message of support to servicemen and women early Tuesday morning, saying on Twitter, “I will always protect our great warfighters. I’ve got your backs!” Trump has received pushback and mutiny from the Pentagon and senior grade officers after he intervened in several military justice cases involving combat veterans to correct injustices that have exposed abuses and corruption in the system.
President Trump with troops at Joint Base Elmendorf-Richardson, Alaska in May.
I will always protect our great warfighters. I’ve got your backs!
— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) November 26, 2019
Trump’s statement echoed his remarks Monday made at an Oval Office press spray with the Prime Minister of Bulgaria Boyko Borissov about his handling of the case of Navy SEAL CPO Eddie Gallagher and the firing of Navy Sec. Richard Spencer (excerpts via White House transcript):
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