On Monday, White House Press Secretary Sean Spicer said that the Navy SEAL that died during Trump’s failed Yemen raid, William “Ryan” Owens, knew the risks of his position when he embarked on the operation.
Just this past weekend, Owens’ father called for an investigation into the raid that lead to his son’s death.
In an interview with the Miami Herald, Owens’ father was critical of many things, including the President’s motivation for signing off to execute a mission less than a week into his administration, especially after signing his executive order which effectively barred individuals from seven Muslim-majority countries from entering the United States just a day before the Yemen raid. Owens believes this action may have compromised the operation.
“It just doesn’t make any sense to do something to antagonize an ally when you’re going to conduct a mission in that country. Did we alienate some of the people working with them, translators or support people. Maybe they decided to release information to jeopardize the mission… I don’t want anybody to think I have an agenda, because I don’t. I just want the truth.”
As of Monday, the White House agreed to support such an investigation.
As CBS reports, Deputy Press Secretary Sarah Huckabee Sanders stated, “I haven’t had the chance to speak with [the President] directly about that, but I would imagine that he would be supportive of that.”
However, Spicer also insisted on Monday that the mission had “achieved its objectives,” despite criticism from those on both sides of the aisle, as well as the U.S. military, that the mission was a failure.
“As I mentioned before, I think you can’t ever say that when there’s most importantly loss of life, and people injured, that it’s 100 percent successful, but I think when you look at what the stated goal of that mission was, it was an information and intelligence-gathering mission. It achieved its objectives.”
Spicer then continued, in essence saying that Owens should’ve expected to die during a mission, particularly this one.
“So, again, I would express our thoughts and our prayers and our condolences to all of the people in Chief Owens’ family and his friends, but it’s something that as a SEAL and as somebody who deployed 12 times, he knew that this was part of the job and he knew what he was doing.”
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