Navy Secretary Richard Spencer was asked to resign by Defense Secretary Mark Esper on Sunday. According to a statement from the Pentagon, Esper “lost confidence” in Spencer over a disagreement in how to deal with a Navy SEAL who was accused of committing war crimes and an alleged secret deal Spencer tried to make with the White House over the matter.

Outgoing Secretary of the Navy Spencer’s acknowledgment-of-termination letter says that he “cannot in good conscience” obey an order he believes “violates the sacred oath“ he took & that he and POTUS disagree on the “key principle of good order and discipline” pic.twitter.com/EZ8YPM7M0L

— Jake Tapper (@jaketapper) November 24, 2019

SEAL Chief Petty Officer Edward Gallagher is the controversial figure at the

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