Robert J. O’Neill, a US Navy SEAL who shot Osama bin Laden during the legendary 2011 raid on the former al-Qaida leader’s Abbottabad, Pakistan, compound, has pushed back on President Donald Trump’s criticism of his commander.
In an interview with Fox News, Trump called Bill McRaven, O’Neill’s former commander, “a Hillary Clinton backer and an Obama backer,” in response to McRaven calling Trump’s attacks on the press the greatest threat to democracy he’d seen in his lifetime.
“I did not back Hillary Clinton or anyone else,” McRaven told CNN. “I am 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.”