During a Fox News interview this Sunday, President Trump attacked the Navy SEAL who led the 2011 raid that resulted in the death of Osama bin Laden, accusing him of being a Hillary supporter who didn’t track down the Al Qaeda figurehead soon enough.
In his appearance on Fox News Sunday with Chris Wallace, Trump slammed retired Adm. Bill McRaven, who was a noted critic of Trump, characterizing him as a biased critic who is in the tank for Hillary Clinton.
As NBC News points out, McRaven has called Trump’s attacks on the media “the greatest threat to democracy in my lifetime.” He also penned an August op-ed in The Washington Post which called on Trump to revoke his security clearance — a statement meant as a show of solidarity after the president revoked former CIA Director John Brennan’s clearance.
“Hillary Clinton fan,” Trump told Wallace Sunday when the subject of McRaven’s criticism was brought up. “Excuse me, Hillary Clinton fan.”
“Okay, he’s a Hillary Clinton backer and an Obama-backer,” Trump added.
Wallace’s mentioning of the fact that McRaven honorably served as a SEAL for almost 40 years didn’t faze Trump, who replied by saying that it would have been nice “if we got Osama Bin Laden a lot sooner than that.”
“Living in Pakistan, beautifully in Pakistan in what I guess they considered a nice mansion, I don’t know, I’ve seen nicer,” he continued. “But living in Pakistan right next to the military academy, everybody in Pakistan knew he was there. And we give Pakistan $1.3 billion a year and they don’t tell him, they don’t tell him … for years.”
When asked if he would at least give McRaven credit for leading the mission that took out bin Laden, Trump still wouldn’t budge.
“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,” Trump said.
Watch the interview below. The relevant portion begins at around the 4:39 mark:
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