Trump Defends His Pardons For War Criminals: These Are Tough People And We’ll “Protect Our Warfighters”

The Hill reports:

President Trump on Monday defended his intervention in cases involving U.S. service members accused of war crimes, telling reporters he needed to “protect our warfighters.”

“A lot of warfighters and people in the military have thanked us very much. It’s about time,” Trump said during an Oval Office meeting with Bulgarian Prime Minister Boyko Borisov.

“They wanted to get his pin away and I said no you’re not going to take it away,” Trump continued, particularly referring to his order that Chief Petty Officer Edward Gallagher be allowed to keep his Trident pin and Navy SEAL status. “These are not weak people. These are tough people and we’re going to protect our warfighters,” Trump said.