July 3, 2019 / 3:19 PM / 18 days ago

Trump to U.S. Navy SEAL before sentencing: 'Glad I could help'

WASHINGTON (Reuters) - President Donald Trump on Wednesday congratulated a U.S. Navy SEAL platoon leader who was acquitted of murdering a captured Islamic State fighter, saying “Glad I could help!”

Special Operations Chief Edward Gallagher was found not guilty on Tuesday of most of the charges against him. Trump weighed in as a military jury was set to decide whether to punish Gallagher on a conviction of unlawfully posing for pictures with the detainee’s dead body.

Reporting by Doina Chiacu; Editing by Chizu Nomiyama

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