Ryan backs Navy Admiral William McRaven after Trump attack, report says

Nellie Chapman
November 20, 2018

McRaven, who has been a fierce critic of Trump, said that he stands by "my comment that the president's attack on the media is the greatest threat to our democracy in my lifetime". The Pakistani prime minister's remarks come after Trump accused Islamabad of failing to do anything for Washington despite receiving billions of dollars in USA aid. "Everybody in Pakistan knew he was there". Bin Laden was killed in 2011 by US Special Forces in his house in Abbottabad, where he was hiding.

McRaven, who led the United States Special Operations Command from 2011 until 2014, has been consistently critical of the president.

"He's a Hillary Clinton backer and an Obama backer and frankly it would've been nice if we got Osama Bin Laden a lot sooner than that", Trump said in an interview with Chris Wallace on Fox News.

Morning Joe co-host Willie Geist took aim at the Republican National Committee, a body that has devolved into a mouthpiece for Trumpism's most immature inclinations, after the official GOP Twitter account trashed-talked retired Admiral William McRaven. "But I do know that few Americans have sacrificed or risked more than he has to protect America & the freedoms we enjoy".

In response, McRaven denied that he supported Clinton in the 2016 presidential race, but clarified that he was a supporter of President Barack Obama and President George W. Bush.

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

"President Clinton famously missed his shot", he added.

Pakistan's prime minister Imran Khan also slammed Mr. Trump's remarks in a series of tweets Monday, questioning why the U.S.is making his country a "scapegoat for their failures".

Asked whether military leaders were not owed credit for having killed the al-Qaida leader, Trump said, "They took him down but - look, look, there's news right there, he lived in Pakistan, we're supporting Pakistan, we're 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".

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 USA allies Pakistan and Afghanistan for not helping catch bin Laden sooner. Khan also added that the war cost the state's economy some $123 billion, while the USA only donated a mere $20 billion in return.

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