Trump Ridicules Capture Of Osama Bin Laden

CNN’s Peter Bergen writes:

President Trump spoke to Chris Wallace of Fox News on Sunday and made a number of false claims about the operation that killed Osama bin Laden. Wallace mentioned the commander of that operation, retired Admiral Bill McRaven, who has publicly criticized Trump for his denigration of the media.

Trump responded that McRaven is a “Hilary Clinton backer and an Obama-backer.” In fact, McRaven took no position on the 2016 presidential election in which Clinton ran against Trump. In Sunday’s interview, Trump went on to claim that bin Laden was “living in Pakistan right next to the military academy, everybody in Pakistan knew he was there.”

This is complete nonsense. When I was researching a book about the hunt for bin Laden, I spoke to dozens of key government, intelligence and military officials involved in the bin Laden operation and they all said that the Pakistanis had no clue that al Qaeda’s leader was living in the city of Abbottabad, Pakistan where he was found.

Mic reports:

Trump’s claim in his 2015 book that he called on the U.S. to “take out” bin Laden in 2000 — before the 9/11 attack — was rated “mostly false” by Politifact.

The entire brouhaha with McRaven and bin Laden was sparked when Wallace asked Trump to defend his attacks on the media. In doing so, Wallace brought up McRaven, who has said that Trump’s attacks on the free press were “the greatest threat to democracy.”