Buttigieg says Trump defamation troops accused by mulling pardons for those war crimes

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Democratic 2020 presidential candidate Pete Buttigieg, in an interview broadcast Sunday, said President Trump had accused slandered American troops, is considering a pardon of soldiers, a war crime, said — and, the proposal threatened to undermine the country’s “legal and moral” foundations.

“If you serve, you agree to serve the Constitution and the law, and, to be honest, to fight his idea, which is to be sent, makes you automatically in a kind of war criminals is a slander against the veterans, which could only come from someone who never served,” the South Bend, Ind., the mayor said on ABC News “this Week.”


Buttigieg, an Afghanistan war veteran, was responding to the remarks Trump has said on Friday the President that he was “on the lookout” for possible pardons. The New York Times had first reported that Trump the granting of pardons is considering has been accused soldiers, a war crime by Memorial Day.

“Some of these soldiers are people who have fought hard and long,” Trump told reporters. “You know, we teach you how to get to great fighters, and then when they fight, sometimes they are treated properly, very wrong.”

Trump said he was considering a pardon for “two or three of them”, but said he had not yet made a decision.

“It is a bit controversial. It is very well possible that I have a ll the trials go, and I will make my decision after the hearing,” he said.

The Times reported that one could go from debt to a Navy SEAL, Eddie Gallagher, who is accused of war crimes in Iraq. Gallagher intentional homicide and serious bodily injury charges, the alleged killing of a wounded ISIS prisoners and alleged cases of him is confronted intentionally sniper rounds to fire on civilians.


Trump intervened in the March, Gallagher moved to less restrictive inclusion after pressure from Republicans in the house.

But while such pardons move can be seen as a pro-troop, Buttigieg, said that “the idea that war makes you a murderer is exactly the kind of thing that is trying to those of us who have served, have to hit back, for more than a generation.” He added that such a step would in fact remove a protection for the troops.

“Today, one of the things that protect our troops, morally and physically, is the knowledge that, if someone in uniform to commit a crime, you will be held accountable by military justice,” he said. “For a President, especially a President who never served, to say he’ll come and go, the system of military justice, undermining the foundations, legal and moral, in this country.”

A number of veterans groups have also registered their opposition against the possible pardons, saying that she was not consulted by the White house about the impending pardon, or the information about what was considered.


The Times reported that those who will be considered for pardons included Mathew Golsteyn, a former army commando accused of murder, for the killing of a suspected Taliban bombmaker in Afghanistan. Trump said in December that he would “review” the case against Golsteyn, and called him a “military hero.”

Buttigieg, who has risen from the dark to a top-tier candidate in the Democratic primary race in the last few months to avoid a point of his own military service to Trump threw contrasting the lack of service — and this week him feigning a disability, the service in Vietnam.

“This is someone who, I think it is pretty obvious for the most of us took advantage of the fact that he was the child of a multi to be a millionaire to pretend to be disabled so that someone could Buttigieg a war, in his place,” said this week in an interview with The Washington Post.

Trump received five deferments from the draft for military service during the Vietnam war. Four of them were the liberation of educational deferments, while he was a student, and the fifth – in 1968 after the completion of his studies, – a medical.

“I have a pretty dim view of his [Trump’s] decision to use his privileged position to fake a disability in order to avoid serving in Vietnam,” he said.


The question about the Democratic candidate’s comments, the Trump campaign proposed by Buttigieg is just an attempt to attention values in the midst of a short immersion survey.

“Mayor Pete’s time in the sun, only to come to an end, so he’ll say anything to try to stay relevant, the radicals said in the democratic party,” campaign spokesman Kayleigh McEnany.

Fox News’ Paul Steinhauser and The Associated Press contributed to this report.

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