I was not pleased with the way that Navy Seal Eddie Gallagher’s trial was handled by the Navy. He was treated very badly but, despite this, was completely exonerated on all major charges. I then restored Eddie’s rank. Likewise, large cost overruns from past administration’s.....— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) November 24, 2019
....contracting procedures were not addressed to my satisfaction. Therefore, Secretary of the Navy Richard Spencer’s services have been terminated by Secretary of Defense Mark Esper. I thank Richard for his service & commitment. Eddie will retire peacefully with all of the.....— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) November 24, 2019
....honors that he has earned, including his Trident Pin. Admiral and now Ambassador to Norway Ken Braithwaite will be nominated by me to be the new Secretary of the Navy. A man of great achievement and success, I know Ken will do an outstanding job!— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) November 24, 2019
The Navy has been notified that the White House will not intervene to stop a disciplinary proceeding that could cost a SEAL his position in the elite unit, senior Navy official says. https://t.co/uZKXsgg9GD— NBC News (@NBCNews) November 24, 2019
Spencer did himself no favors by denying our accurate reporting yesterday, which his letter backs up. Without that, there would be less skepticism and it would make the already curious official version harder to believe. https://t.co/Rvtf9SPTJa— Maggie Haberman (@maggieNYT) November 25, 2019
It’s not at all clear that the Secretary of Defense even has the authority to fire the Secretary of the Navy—who’s appointed by the President under 10 U.S.C. § 8013(a)(1):https://t.co/Y1JCeu4cEk— Steve Vladeck (@steve_vladeck) November 25, 2019
§ 8013 says he’s subject to _direction_ of SecDef, but says nothing about removal. pic.twitter.com/47sAawKYmv
These guys are as incompetent as they are malevolent.— Eric Columbus (@EricColumbus) November 25, 2019
— Esper can’t legally fire Spencer; only POTUS can do that.
—Spencer didn’t quit; he wrote “I hereby acknowledge my termination.”
—Unless Trump actually fires Spencer, any acting replacement might lack any legal authority. https://t.co/N1z46SxoEq
His lawlessness and disregard for law is like a stone through a plate glass window; the cracks from the initial impact just keep spreading and spreading, and the window itself is now useless and must be replaced. How much of government and understanding of governance (not to mention military order) will we have to remove and replace (and how do we do that?) when Trump is finally gone?
Every day he proves himself not only unfit for office, but a clear and present danger to the government and the Constitution. And he knows it, and refuses to be held responsible for it, and that only makes the matter worse.