Former Navy SEAL who killed bin Laden defends mission after Trump criticism

Source: The Hill | November 19, 2018 | Emily Birnbaum

The former Navy SEAL who reportedly killed Osama bin Laden defended the mission on Monday after President Trump said the U.S. should have killed the al Qaeda leader sooner.

“The mission to get bin Laden was bipartisan,” Robert O’Neill tweeted. “We all wanted to get him as soon as we could.”

In other another post, O’Neill mocked a Twitter user’s criticism, saying the mission “could only fly so fast, bro.”


Trump has been locked in a war of words with retired Navy Adm. William McRaven in recent days. McRaven, a former Navy SEAL and special operations commander, oversaw the 2011 raid that killed bin Laden.

“ADM McRaven was born to lead this mission,” tweeted O’Neill, who’s no longer in the military. “I’ll follow him anywhere. If only people heard the real speech he gave the Team….”

In an interview that aired on “Fox News Sunday,” Trump dismissed McRaven as a “Hillary Clinton fan” and an “Obama-backer.” After Fox News anchor Chris Wallace noted that the retired admiral called the president’s rhetoric toward the media “the greatest threat to democracy in my lifetime,” Trump suggested that the U.S. took too long to hunt down bin Laden.


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