Published: Mon, November 19, 2018

Trump dismisses architect of bin Laden raid as a 'Hillary Clinton backer'

Trump dismisses architect of bin Laden raid as a 'Hillary Clinton backer'

Trump disdainfully dismissed earlier criticism from McRaven, who oversaw the 2011 Navy SEAL mission that killed bin Laden, when Chris Wallace questioned him about it in an interview that aired earlier in the day on "Fox News Sunday".

"Well, I think you will see that happen", the president said after the interviewer reminded that Obama and former President George W Bush had each visited soldiers in war zones. "He's lived a life of service to country and faced only the toughest challenges".

After Trump revoked former Central Intelligence Agency director John Brennan's security clearance in the summer, McRaven wrote an article in The Washington Post defending Brennan as a man of unparalleled integrity and asked the president to revoke his clearance, as well, in solidarity.

Wallace pointed out that McRaven, who didn't endorse a presidential hopeful in 2016, had been a Navy SEAL for 37 years. "We were giving them $1.3 billion a year - which we don't give them anymore, by the way, I ended it because they don't do anything for us, they don't do a damn thing for us".

William McRaven lashed out at Donald Trump again Sunday, saying his behavior is the "greatest threat to our democracy in my lifetime" after the president criticized McRaven for failing to bring Osama bin Laden to justice sooner.

'Hillary Clinton fan, ' Trump said of the retired admiral.

"We give Pakistan $1.3 billion a year".


President Donald Trump on Sunday slammed Pakistan "for doing nothing" for his country, claiming that Pakistan helped shelter former al Qaeda chief Osama bin Laden in Abbottabad. "[Bin Laden] lived in Pakistan".

McRaven served as chancellor of the University of Texas after leaving the military but stepped down this year over health concerns.

"I'm totally in favor of the media", Trump argued. "A good leader tries to embody the best qualities of his or her organization".

"Your leadership, however, has shown little of these qualities", McRaven added.

"Like most Americans, I had hoped that when you became president, you would rise to the occasion and become the leader this great nation needs", McRaven wrote.

'But you're seen around the world as a beacon for repression, ' Wallace said.

With some exceptions, retired general officers typically refrain from political comment.

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