Trump Attacks Admiral McRaven, Who Led Osama bin Laden Raid

Trump Attacks Admiral McRaven, Who Led Osama bin Laden Raid

During the opening of his show, Scuitto read the Republican Party's latest tweet joining the president in his attack on McRaven.

In addition, Trump wondered why it took so long for the U.S.to find bin Laden telling host Chris Wallace, "Wouldn't it have been nice if we got Osama bin Laden a lot sooner than that?" Admiral McRaven has condemned Trump's attacks on the media, saying previous year that they present, "the greatest threat to democracy in my lifetime".

McRaven denied the occasional trial-balloon reports that he was being vetted to serve as a potential running mate for Clinton or in some other top administration post if she had been elected.

"Record needs to be put straight on Mr Trump's tirade against Pakistan", Khan wrote in a series of tweets defending his country's record in the war on terror.

That admiration did not, however, extend to Trump.

"I think that for Adm. McRaven - who I think the world of - it's the wrong fight", Mullen said.

It didn't take long for Trump to respond to Khan's criticism, as he took to Twitter to claim that Pakistan was well aware of Osama Bin Laden living in "a nice mansion" in Pakistan and never told the USA about it despite all the financial help the country had received from Washington. In an interview, he also said it would have "been nice" if bin Laden was killed sooner.

"Of course we should have captured Osama Bin Laden long before we did".

In a statement to CNN on Sunday, McRaven said he did not endorse Clinton or anyone else in the 2016 presidential election.

He said "everybody in Pakistan" knew Al-Qaeda founder Osama bin Laden was there and no one said anything despite the United States providing $1.3 billion a year in aid.

"Everybody in Pakistan knew he was there", he added.

Mr. Trump didn't address the fallout regarding McRaven on Twitter, but continued to talk about the operation Monday, this time shifting the attention on US allies Pakistan and Afghanistan for not helping catch bin Laden sooner. The Navy special operators killed him and flew him to a ship, from which his body was dumped in the ocean.

Trump's book did not call for further us action against bin Laden or al-Qaida to follow up on attacks Clinton ordered in 1998 in Afghanistan and Sudan after al-Qaida bombed the USA embassies in Kenya and Tanzania.

Trump, who avoided service in Vietnam through student and medical deferments, has campaigned as a champion of the military and veterans, and he successfully pushed for a boost in military spending.

In an interview with Fox News that also led to criticism from Imran Khan, the prime minister of Pakistan, Mr Trump said that Mr McRaven was a "Hillary fan" and an "Obama backer".

Trump drew criticism earlier this month for skipping a planned visit to an American military cemetery outside Paris, when bad weather grounded his helicopter. He blamed the Secret Service. The Pakistani prime minister's remarks come after Trump accused Islamabad of failing to do anything for Washington despite receiving billions of dollars in U.S. aid.

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