The truth about Donald Trump's Bin Laden 'prediction'

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The president also used the opening to make a separate attack of his own: Interviewer Chris Wallace reminded him that McRaven was a Navy SEAL who commanded special operations forces during the 2011 raid that killed Osama bin Laden.

Instead, as the president said in a Fox News interview that aired Sunday, they were just more carping from a "Hillary Clinton fan". McRaven had said the president's words were "the greatest threat to democracy" in his lifetime.

Shortly after the president's tweets, Robert O'Neill-the soldier who killed bin Laden-commented on the feud by calling the mission "bipartisan".

The comments also underscored Trump's complicated relationship with the USA military and spy services: In this case, the president appeared to not understand that intelligence agencies were responsible for finding bin Laden. It later arrested Dr. Shakil Afridi, who had run a fake vaccination campaign in Abbottabad to help the Central Intelligence Agency confirm bin Laden's whereabouts.

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McRaven, who led the United States Special Operations Command from 2011 until 2014, has been consistently critical of the president. "And we give Pakistan $1.3 billion a year and they don't tell him?" "President Clinton famously missed his shot". In a statement issued to CNN Sunday, the retired four-star admiral explained that he "did not back Hillary Clinton or anyone else", noting he was "a fan of President Obama and President George W. Bush, both of whom I worked for".

"I admire all presidents, regardless of their political party, who uphold the dignity of the office and who use that office to bring the nation together in challenging times", McRaven said.

Jennings went on to say that Trump has done a lot for the military such as increasing spending and giving troops pay raises.

In an August op-ed article in The Washington Post, McRaven defended former CIA Director John Brennan, whose security clearance was revoked after he criticized Trump. "We all wanted to get him as soon as we could". He said later he "should have" visited the cemetery but was too busy with official business. The website explained, "He did not call on the U.S.to target the terrorist leader individually, or to wage a unilateral war against his [Al-Qaeda] terror network". Trump said. "You know, living, think of this, living in Pakistan, beautifully in Pakistan in what I guess they considered a nice mansion, I don't know, I've seen nicer".

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