Trump reportedly wants servicemen he pardoned to campaign for him in 2020

Trump reportedly wants servicemen he pardoned to campaign for him in 2020President Trump is hoping that three men he recently granted clemency to will join him on the campaign trail in 2020, The Daily Beast reports. On Nov. 15, Trump cleared three servicemen who were accused or convicted of war crimes — Clint Lorance, Mathew Golsteyn, and Edward Gallagher. Two people with knowledge of the matter said Trump has been telling people close to him that he would love for the men to participate in his re-election campaign, either attending rallies or speaking at next summer's Republican convention.In 2010, Lorance, a former army lieutenant, ordered soldiers to fire on three unarmed Afghan men riding a motorcycle; two died. He was found guilty of second-degree murder in 2013, and sentenced to 19 years in prison. Lorance was released from a military prison after Trump's pardon. Golsteyn, a former Green Beret major, was set to go on trial for the murder of an unarmed Afghan man, who was believed to be a Taliban bomb maker. He pleaded not guilty earlier this year.Gallagher, a Navy SEAL, was accused of murdering a teenage Islamic State fighter in 2017. He was acquitted this summer, but was found guilty of posing for a photo with the corpse. Gallagher was demoted in rank, but Trump reversed the decision. Several senior Pentagon officials opposed Trump's decision to grant clemency to the three men, The Daily Beast reports, and the Navy planned on having a review board decide whether Gallagher should lose his Trident pin.Trump tweeted that this panel shouldn't convene, but Navy Secretary Richard Spencer disagreed. On Sunday, Defense Secretary Mark Esper claimed that Spencer tried to set up a secret deal with White House officials, which would allow Gallagher to retire with his full rank and pension, and this led to Esper asking for Spencer's resignation. Several people told The Daily Beast Spencer holds the opposite position, and they don't think Esper's account is true.More stories from Welcome to the vengeance election Supreme Court blocks Trump financial records from immediate release, delivering setback to House Democrats The 10 best classic Thanksgiving dishes, ranked

Asian markets rally on fresh trade hope, elections lift Hong Kong

Asian markets rally on fresh trade hope, elections lift Hong KongAsian markets rose Monday on fresh optimism over the long-running China-US trade talks after Beijing offered an olive branch on the key issue of intellectual property, while Donald Trump hailed progress on the agreement. Hong Kong stocks led the regional advance with pro-democracy parties winning a landslide in local elections that could put pressure on the city’s government and Beijing to act after months of protests that have hobbled the financial hub’s economy and transport. The week got off to a strong start after China said at the weekend it would hike penalties on violations of intellectual property rights while also look at reducing the thresholds for criminal punishments of those who steal IP.