On Sunday, Secretary of Defense Mark Esper asked for the resignation of Secretary of the Navy Richard Spencer, a Trump appointee.
According to a Pentagon spokesperson, Esper made the decision "after losing trust and confidence in [Spencer] regarding his lack of candor over conversations with the White House involving the handling of Navy SEAL Eddie Gallagher."
Gallagher's SEAL status was controversial; he had posed for a photo with the dead body of a teenage ISIS fighter and was demoted as a result. President Trump ordered the demotion reversed, and Spencer obliged. However, Spencer then began putting together a peer review process that could have led to Gallagher being expelled from the SEALs.
When the peer review began, President Trump tweeted "The Navy will NOT be taking away Warfighter and Navy Seal Eddie Gallagher's Trident Pin." It was reported that Spencer had threatened to resign over the issue, but Spencer publicly denied this at the White House's request.
Food For Thought
Did Spencer deserve to be fired? Was this an example of presidential interference in military discipline?