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Trump Doubles Down on bin Laden Assertion

After comments on William McRaven, says 'of course' we should have gotten him earlier
By Newser Editors,  Newser Staff
Posted Nov 19, 2018 6:41 AM CST
Updated Nov 19, 2018 1:47 PM CST
In this photo taken Feb. 5, 2015, then-University of Texas System Chancellor Bill McRaven speaks with Texas Tribune CEO Evan Smith during an interview in Austin, Texas.   (AP Photo/Austin American-Statesman, Ricardo B. Brazziell)
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(Newser) – Adm. William H. McRaven is a distinguished retired Navy SEAL and special ops commander who led the raids that led to the capture of Saddam Hussein and the death of Osama bin Laden. President Trump, however, dismissed McRaven in his interview Sunday with Fox News as an "Obama backer" and a "Hillary Clinton fan," reports the Washington Post. He adds: "Wouldn't it have been nice if we got Osama bin Laden a lot sooner than that?" He kept up the narrative on Monday. Here's what you need to know:

  • It's not clear exactly what set Trump off on McRaven, but early last year, the military lifer said Trump's demonization of the media was "the greatest threat to democracy," and this past summer, he wrote an op-ed in which he asked Trump to revoke his security clearance after Trump yanked that of former CIA Director John Brennan.

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