When U.S. President Donald Trump was asked about the failed Yemen raid that resulted in the death of Navy Seal William “Ryan” Owens by hosts of “Fox & Friends,” the President was quick to turn the tables on his own generals.
The hosts prompted Trump by asking him about the criticism that has come from Owens’ father, who has since called for an investigation into his son’s death. Trump then pointed out that the planning for the mission actually started under former President Barack Obama — although it was delayed as military officials waited for a more opportune time.
“This was a mission that was started before I got here. This was something that was, uh, you know, they 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. And they lost Ryan.”
The President continued to explain that he understood why Owens’ father would not want to meet with him, referencing a comment that the father of the Navy SEAL made to the Miami Herald where Owens recalled explaining to the chaplain when he refused to meet with the President as his son’s remains were returned to Dover Air Force Base, “I’m sorry, I don’t want to see him. I told them I don’t want to meet the president.” Trump tried to empathize with Owens, saying that there’s “nothing worse” than losing a son.
However, Trump maintained that the mission was worth it and cited the fact that Defense Secretary James Mattis told him that the operation was a success.
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Watch Trump’s response when asked about the father of slain SEAL William “Ryan” Owens, who died in the Yemen raid pic.twitter.com/lOrAx6KAdz
— Bradd Jaffy (@BraddJaffy) February 28, 2017