Retired Navy Seal admiral slams Trump for saying Osama bin Laden should've been caught sooner, and for attacking him as 'Hillary fan'
Bill McRaven denied he was a Hillary Clinton supporter and stood by his comment that Trump's attack on the media is "the greatest threat to our democracy in my lifetime"
A former Navy Seal commander hit back at Donald Trump over the weekend after the president called him a "Hillary Clinton" fan and said that he should have killed Osama bin Laden sooner, reports state.
Trump's diatribe came after retired Navy Admiral Bill McRaven issued a statement saying that the Republican president's attack on the media was a danger to democracy.
Shortly after McRaven's statement, Trump branded him a Hillary Clinton fan and went on to criticize the time it took the US military to locate and kill bin Laden. The president also claimed that the mission, which was launched under former President Barack Obama's administration, allowed the terrorist to live in a "nice" mansion in Pakistan for a long time.
President Trump blasted retired Adm. Bill McRaven — the Navy SEAL who led the 2011 raid that killed Osama bin Laden — calling him a "Hillary Clinton fan" during an interview with Chris Wallace on "Fox News Sunday." https://t.co/s134a1ogoB— NBC News (@NBCNews) November 18, 2018
McRaven, while talking to CNN, responded to Trump's remarks, saying: "I did not back Hillary Clinton or anyone else."
"I am a fan of President Obama and President George W. Bush, both of whom I worked for. I admire all presidents, regardless of their political party, who uphold the dignity of the office and who use that office to bring the nation together in challenging times. I stand by my comment that the President's attack on the media is the greatest threat to our democracy in my lifetime," the former Navy Seal said.
"When you undermine the people's right to a free press and freedom of speech and expression, then you threaten the Constitution and all for which it stands," he added.
Retired Lt. Gen. Mark Hertling, who served with McRaven in Europe and Iraq, also slammed Trump over his criticism of the former Navy Seal commander, saying: "I'd use one word. And that's 'disgusting'. You know everyone knows Bill McRaven as being the guy that led the bin Laden raid."
Trump just attacked William McRaven, the decorated admiral and American hero who took down Osama bin Laden.— Brian Krassenstein (@krassenstein) November 18, 2018
This man is a million times more patriotic and heroic than you could ever imagine being Mr. Trump: pic.twitter.com/dOOKKO6oL9
"I know him as the guy as the joint special operations commander in Iraq, and there were multiple missions where this guy placed himself in danger, led soldiers in some of the most challenging situations you can imagine," Hertling said while talking to CNN.
Hertling also said that to have someone who "holds an office that's supposed to represent all people and who says he supports the military, to just dismiss this great American hero as a guy who was a Hillary Clinton lover, which is patently not true, is just really disgusting."
McRaven has previously been critical of the president too. The ex-Navy Seal commander, in a Washington Post op-ed in August, had written that Trump has "embarrassed us in the eyes of our children, humiliated us on the world stage and, worst of all, divided us as a nation."