by Daveda Gruber:
Sometimes the news is good news. Although this story has not been highly publicized, it is big to show that President Trump keeps his promises.
On Friday President Donald Trump pardoned former U.S. Navy sailor Kristian Saucier.
Saucier served a year in prison for taking photos of classified areas in a nuclear submarine.
Congratulations to Kristian Saucier, a man who has served proudly in the Navy, on your newly found Freedom. Now you can go out and have the life you deserve!
— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) March 10, 2018
Trump drew attention to the handling of Saucier’s case during his campaign and after he took office. He described it as politically motivated and contrasting it with former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton’s mismanagement of classified information through a private server.
On Friday afternoon, White House Press Secretary Sarah Sanders said in a press briefing, “The president has pardoned Kristian Saucier, a Navy submariner. Mr. Saucier was 22 years old at the time of his offenses and has served out his 12-months sentence. He has been recognized by his fellow service members for his dedication, skill and patriotic spirit.”
Saturday morning on “Fox & Friends”, Saucier said he’s very grateful to Trump for giving his family their lives back.
Saucier said, “He’s an amazing man, and this is just one of the many great things that he’s done in his term.”
Saucier stated one of the first things he did was ask for permission to cut off his ankle bracelet when he learned of the pardon. This means he is no longer a felon and is no longer under house arrest.
The fact that Saucier asked for permission to remove the bracelet shows how he’s conducted himself with honesty and integrity throughout the ordeal he has gone through.
— Sadie saucier (@SaucierSadie) March 10, 2018
Saucier served as a machinist’s mate aboard the USS Alexandria. He used his cell phone to photograph parts of the submarine’s nuclear propulsion system.
Saucier has repeatedly recognized that he made a mistake but affirmed that he never meant any harm. He only wanted to take photos as mementos.
Saucier said, “All I ever wanted to do was serve my country. I honestly believe that the systems that went after me were put in place to protect people like me until I was run through the ringer. And it’s unfortunate because I still love this country. It’s still the greatest country in the world. And I believe President Trump’s taking it back to that place where it needs to be.”