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Trump on Criticism From Navy SEAL’s Father: Yemen Raid Mission ‘Was Started Before I Got Here’

During President Trump‘s interview on Fox & Friends, he responded to the critical comments of Bill Owens, whose son died last month during a raid on an al Qaeda base in Yemen.

“This was a mission that started before I got here,” Trump said. “This is something that [the generals] wanted to do. They came to see me; they explained what they wanted to do. The generals, who are very respected. My generals are the most respected that we’ve had in many decades, I believe.”

Trump went on to defend the “very successful mission” by saying that because of it the military obtained significant intel. Trump said he could understand why Owens wouldn’t want to meet with him, though he did go to say it was “inappropriate” of Senator John McCain to say it was a “failed mission” due to the SEAL’s death.

Navy SEAL William Ryan Owens became the first member of the military to die under Trump’s presidency after the mission went awry and turned into a firefight with enemy forces. Trump attended the service where Owens’ remains were returned to his family, though Owens’ father refused to meet with the president and demanded an investigation into why the “stupid mission” was approved.

Press secretary Sean Spicer said, during Monday’s press briefing, that Owens died a hero, and that the Department of Defense would review the mission as per as standard operating procedure. Reports from NBC suggest that Pentagon officials and the Defense Department have differing views on whether the information obtained from the raid was of any real significance.

Watch above, via Fox.

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