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‘They Didn’t Lose Him — We Did, We All Did’: Jake Tapper Takes on Trump’s ‘They Lost Ryan’ Comment

Today on The Lead, host Jake Tapper took a swipe at President Donald Trump over the president’s comments during a Fox News interview that aired yesterday.

In that interview, Trump seemingly laid the responsibility of Navy SEAL William ‘Ryan’ Owens’ death during a Yemen raid squarely at the feet of the military, despite giving approval of the mission. “My generals are the most respected that we’ve had in many decades, I believe, and they lost Ryan,” Trump told the Fox hosts.

After highlighting Trump honoring Owens at his address to Congress last night, Tapper broke down what actually occurred in the raid, pointing out that 30 civilians were killed along with Owens. The CNN anchor then played a clip of White House press secretary Sean Spicer saying it was a “disservice” to question whether the mission was a success.

“Questioning the planning and wisdom behind any military operation does not do a disservice to the heroes who conducted the operation,” Tapper noted. “Quite the contrary — it honors them.”

This led to Tapper taking on Trump’s Fox News comments about the mission.

“They lost Ryan. Quote, they lost Ryan,” he stated. “But they didn’t lose him — we did, we all did, as a nation and, one might think, that the Commander in Chief who signed off on that raid would also think in terms of we lost Ryan.”

“Accountability and responsibility, these are important principles,” Tapper added.

Watch the clip above, via CNN.

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