Trump Says He Will ‘Take Care of Our Warriors’ in Defense of Three Pardons

President Donald Trump is backing down from his defense of pardoning three military men.

The president pardoned 1st Lt. Clint Lorance and Maj. Mathew Golsteyn who were accused or convicted of war crimes. He also ordered Special Warfare Operator First Class Eddie Gallagher’s rank to be restored.

Though Trump’s actions drew words of appreciation from those pardoned, it’s also stirred up controversy and sparked criticism, especially from 2020 Democratic primary contenders, as IJR previously reported.

Since the pardons, Richard Spencer was pushed out of his position as the Navy secretary after Defense Secretary Mark Esper learned that Spencer tried to make a deal with the White House to allow Gallagher to keep his Trident pin and rank if the White House wouldn’t intervene in the case to remove Gallagher from the SEALs.

Esper said after Spencer was out of the position that the side deal was “contrary to what we had agreed to and contrary to Secretary Spencer’s public position.”

During Tuesday night’s campaign rally in Sunrise, Florida, Trump declared, “Just this week I stuck up for three great warriors against the deep state. You know what I’m talking about. And so many people said, ‘Sir, I don’t think you should do that.'”

Speaking about Lorance’s case, Trump said:

“One young man was in jail for seven years. He had 16 more years to go. And I want to tell you, when you look at what they did to that man, you would have been very proud at what we ended up doing. He came out, he hugged his parents. It was a beautiful thing. … We gave him a pardon.”

Trump added, “We are going to take care of our warriors. I will always stick up for our great fighters.”

See Trump’s comments below:

As IJR previously reported, after a report by The Daily Beast suggested that Trump may want the three accused war criminals to join him at 2020 campaign events, a few of them expressed their support for the idea and Trump.

“If asked, of course, Eddie would endorse the president,” Gallagher’s lawyer Tim Parlatore told the Washington Examiner. “There can be no stronger testimonial for an elected official than one of their constituents whose life has been helped significantly by that elected official.”


  1. Apparently, all hell is breaking loose in the Pentagon, now. Military leaders are having a tough time dealing with the chaos that the undisciplined political leader is generating. The military is SUPPOSED to be apolitical. It is dangerous when the military is affected by or participates in politics. That’s why there are laws to prevent it, but King Donald The Loser is forcing them to deal with his political meddling, such as not heeding their advice given to the CiC.

    I can’t really imagine Cult-45 would have wanted or expected this to happen before November 2016, but y’all sure aren’t too upset by it, either.


    1. Ask your handlers IF they are aware that PRESIDENT TRUMP is the Commander in Chief with the Constitutional authority to make decisions without asking some low level holdover from the previous abysmal, corrupt administration what he should do.

      Vote STRAIGHT Republican in 2020 to keep the Socialists/Communists away from control of OUR Government.

    2. with all that huffing and puffing you should be careful about passing out, i recommend the paper bag method if you begin to feel light headed. you think our military is non-political? how do you think folks at the Flag/General level got there? fm my experience with military law, these Convening Authorities have the power to address any injustice the Judges, Lawyers and Jury members come up with, but it seems in these cases CAs were more concerned with “the message” to other actual warfighters and the opinions of the Politicians above them. if you bothered to look into the actual cases of those pardoned instead of using the issue as a soapbox to deliver the usual Trump Hate, you might be a bit more believable

  2. From Richard Spencer:
    “This was a shocking and unprecedented intervention in a low-level review. It was also a reminder that the president has very little understanding of what it means to be in the military, to fight ethically or to be governed by a uniform set of rules and practices.”

  3. They said he shouldn’t do that because he risks not only undermining the authority of his commanders but also eroding the honor and integrity of the U.S. armed forces. Something a crook would not understand.

    1. They who? Most of the active duty believe he did the right thing.

  4. Warriors?

    War criminals confuse King Donald The Loser. They weren’t warriors when they decided to be criminals, even war criminals.

    1. I doubt you have the intelligence to know the difference since you were never man enough to put on a US uniform.

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