"The President, as Commander-in-Chief, is ultimately responsible for ensuring that the law is enforced and when appropriate, that mercy is granted", the White House statement said. "These actions are in keeping with this long history", the statement said.
"I truly believe that we are blessed as a nation to have a commander in chief that stands up for our war fighters, and cares about how they and their families are treated", he said.
The second pardon went to 1st Lieutenant Clint Lorance, who had been convicted of murder for ordering his soldiers to fire upon three unarmed Afghan men in July 2012, killing two.More news: Rookie White torches Knicks from downtown
The president also signed an executive grant of clemency for Army Maj.
In this January 4, 2011 file photo, U.S Army Capt. Mathew Golsteyn, right, is congratulated by fellow soldiers.
Clint Lorance could be released from the military prison at Fort Leavenworth, Kansas, as soon as Friday evening, six years after being found guilty of second-degree murder. Maj. Gallagher was acquitted on both counts.
Trump and the White House have been mulling over the decision for months, according to multiple news reports. Military officials have been reportedly anxious that a sweeping pardon could negatively affect discipline within the ranks.
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It typically focuses with commanders overseeing the process, with Trump serving at the top of that system as commander in chief.
The overwhelming majority of pardons are granted to people who have already been convicted and served time for a federal offence.
"Our military is the best in the world, and with steadfast and supportive leadership - like we have in this president, our fighting force will only get stronger", Eddie Gallagher added.
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