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

Elias Hubbard
November 19, 2018

Osama bin Laden lived in Pakistan and the USA was supporting Pakistan, the president said in an interview that aired on Fox News Sunday.

"I stand by my comment that the President's attack on the media is the greatest threat to our democracy in my lifetime", Retired Adm. Bill McRaven said in a statement to CNN, referring to a speech he gave past year.

The tit for tat between President Donald Trump and Retired Adm. William McRaven intensified on Sunday as the admiral lashed out at the president on CNN after Trump dismissed him as a "Hillary Clinton backer". "No more!", Trump tweeted on January 1. 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.

On Sunday, about three months later, Trump fired back at the retired admiral when Wallace brought him up in the interview. "I don't know, I've seen nicer", Trump said, talking about bin Laden's digs. "It was before my time, but the Trump administration did not take the decision to cancel a substantial part of the military aid package to Pakistan lightly", he said.

He said, "You know, living - think of this - living in Pakistan, beautifully in Pakistan in what I guess they considered a nice mansion, I don't know, I've seen nicer", referring to bin Laden and his former compound in Abbottabad.

"But living in Pakistan right next to the military academy, everybody in Pakistan knew he was there", he added.

Wallace pressed Trump on the 2011 mission. John McCain, the war hero who was held as a POW in Vietnam for more than five years. He was a war hero because he was captured.

"You saw we put on very heavy sanctions, massive sanctions on a large group of people from Saudi Arabia", Trump said.

McRaven didn't immediately respond to requests for comment on Sunday.

"I am a fan of President Obama and President George W. Bush, both of whom I worked for", he continued.

Wallace had brought up McRaven's media comments as he discussed Trump's penchant to call reporters the "enemy of the people" and label negative news reports about his administration "fake news".

He added that he stood by his comments in a speech early previous year at the University of Texas in Austin, noting Sunday that the "president's attack on the media is the greatest threat to our democracy in my lifetime. Got to be fair press".

Other reports by Click Lancashire

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