Trump Blames Military For Navy SEAL’s Death During Bungled Yemen Raid (VIDEO)
Trump Tries To Deflect Blame In Disastrous Yemen Raid
Donald Trump quickly tried to deflect blame for the death of Navy SEAL William “Ryan” Owens during the tragic Yemen raid on the military during a recent interview.
This is just the latest in a long string of disrespectful comments Donald Trump, who dodged the draft five times during the Vietnam War, has aimed at the military he purports to lead.
During an interview on Fox, Trump was asked about the recent , growing criticism from Owen’s father about the failed raid in Yemen, which the Trump White House has tried to portray as a success. Trump first tried to blame former President Obama, saying that planning for the Yemen mission began under his predecessor. And then, when that wasn’t enough deflection, Trump then shifted his blame on the military. Specifically, he pinpointed his own generals, saying that it was they who “lost Ryan.”
Truly, it’s a shocking moment, even coming from a President who has built his administration on a seemingly never-ending stream of shocking moments.
“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.”
Trump Still CLaims Yemen Raid To Be A Success
Trump then said that the mission had been worth it, although by all accounts, including from military officials, the raid was a disaster. And in the end, the raid yielded no significant gains in intelligence, despite insistence from White House press secretary Sean Spicer that it did.
The final cost of the raid, in human lives, is as follows, reported by NBC News:
“In addition to the death of Ryan Owens, six other U.S. service members were wounded. And at least 25 civilians were killed, including nine children under the age of 13, according to the Bureau of Investigative Journalism. One of them was the 8-year-old daughter of U.S.-born al Qaeda cleric Anwar al-Awlaki.”
In addition, the US also lost an aircraft valued at $70 million, Currently, there are at least three investigations into the raid underway at the Pentagon.
Furthermore, as the raid was underway, and the President was conspicuously absent from the Situation Room, preferring to tweet a promotion for an upcoming interview, And in the end, the man who gave the final orders, over dinner, just five days into his presidency, who couldn’t be bothered to get off of his social media accounts to oversee the outcome, cannot even take responsibility for the life-and-death decision he made.
Instead, he blamed the military and his own generals.
Watch the clip below.
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
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