Trump slams Senator McCain's criticism of Yemen mission that left soldier dead
- Author: Ronnie Bowen Feb 10, 2017,
Feb 10, 2017, 2:07
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"While numerous objectives of the recent raid in Yemen were met, I would not describe any operation that results in the loss of American life as a success", McCain said in a statement said in a statement about the raid.
White House press secretary Sean Spicer said Wednesday that any criticism of the operation does a disservice to the life of Owens.
"It's absolutely a success and anyone who suggests it's not does a disservice to Ryan Owens", Spicer said.
And further noted that Trump has in the past criticized previous presidents over mission failures. "But the courageous men who risked their lives in an effort to rescue us prisoners of war were genuine American heroes", he said.
If it was unclear before if John McCain was going to be a major thorn in the side of Donald Trump, that was cleared up this morning when Trump tweeted that McCain "emboldens the enemy".
Navy SEAL Ryan Owens was killed in the January raid on al-Qaida targets, along with an 8-year-old girl. "'He's a war hero because he was captured.' I like people that weren't captured".
The consequences of the events continue to reverberate: the New York Times reported yesterday that Yemen "has withdrawn permission for the United States to run Special Operations ground missions against suspected terrorist groups in the country", which is an important setback for the Trump administration.
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McCain refused, explaining that he "would not describe any operation that results in the loss of American life as a success".
"Yemen more than most countries fully appreciates the fight that we have with ISIS", Spicer said. "And while numerous objectives of the recent raid in Yemen were met, I would not describe any operation that results in the loss of American life as a success", McCain said in a statement.
As a result of the local outrage caused by the civilian deaths, Yemen announced that it will no longer give the USA permission to conduct ground missions in the country, reports The New York Times. "He's been losing so long he doesn't know how". "He's not a war hero".
A State Department spokesman on Wednesday defended U.S. operations in the war-torn nation, and Spicer praised the relationship of the two countries while saying he was "not in a position to go any further at this time".
Trump also is wrong on the facts.
Sens. Chris Murphy (D-Conn.), Rand Paul (R-Ky.), Al Franken (D-Minn.) and Mike Lee (R-Utah) requested "a classified briefing regarding our actions and objectives" in Yemen, citing concerns about a recent call by Yemen's foreign minister for a "reassessment" of US counterterrorism operations.
"When you lose a $75 million airplane and, more importantly, an American life is lost ..."