Nov. 15 (UPI) — President Donald Trump on Friday pardoned two service members and restored the rank of a third who was convicted of posing in a photo with a dead Islamic State fighter.
In a statement announcing the interventions, the White House praised the military justice system for instilling discipline in the armed forces.
“The president, as commander-in-chief, is ultimately responsible for ensuring that the law is enforced and when appropriate, that mercy is granted,” the statement read. “For more than two hundred years, presidents have used their authority to offer second chances to deserving individuals, including those in uniform who have served our country.
“These actions are in keeping with this long history. As the president has stated, ‘when our soldiers have to fight for our country, I want to give them the confidence to fight.’” read more