Today the account @realDonaldTrump tweeted :
"The Navy will NOT be taking away Warfighter and Navy Seal Eddie Gallagher’s Trident Pin. This case was handled very badly from the beginning. Get back to business!"
Is this an official order per military chain of command? Specifically, would not obeying a tweet constitute a crime, as asserted in this NYTimes article?
In an interview, Chief Gallagher’s lawyer, Timothy Parlatore, said the admiral had to choose one of three courses of action: “Comply with the order and continue on; comply with the order and resign; or disregard the order and go to jail.”
The Department of Justice had earlier said:
“In answer to the Court’s question, the government is treating the President’s statements to which plaintiffs point — whether by tweet, speech or interview — as official statements of the President of the United States,”
Or would actual decisions be implemented by a more formal process?