Trump defends intervention in war crimes cases

President Donald Trump speaks to reporters in the Oval Office on Monday. | Chip Somodevilla/Getty Images

By QUINT FORGEY

11/25/2019 04:04 PM EST

Updated: 11/25/2019 11:16 PM EST

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President Donald Trump on Monday defended his intervention in the cases of three service members implicated in war crimes, asserting that he was “sticking up” for America’s armed forces amid an escalating controversy over the ouster of his Navy secretary.

“There’s never been a president that’s going to stick up for them, and has, like I have,” Trump told reporters in the Oval Office, charging that “some very unfair things were happening” and touting his administration’s increases in defense spending.

The president went on to contrast his recent interference in the military justice system with the treatment of Army Sgt. Bowe Bergdahl and Chelsea Manning, a whistleblower and former Army intelligence analyst.

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