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12 times Trump sparked controversy with the US military in 2018

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In an interview with Fox News, Trump blasted retired US Navy SEAL Adm. Bill McRaven, who oversaw the 2011 raid that killed Osama bin Laden.

McRaven’s public criticism of the president includes an op-ed in The Washington Post, in which he called on Trump to revoke his security clearance as Trump took this unprecedented step against his critics. More recently, McRaven voiced concern about the president’s labeling of the media as the “enemy of the people.”

Trump used typical rhetoric to criticize the retired admiral, saying McRaven is a “Hillary Clinton backer and an Obama backer.” He went on to suggest that the admiral was partially responsible for failing to capture Bin Laden sooner.

Trump’s critique of McRaven, who is a legend among the military, sparked a response from Robert O’Neill, the Navy SEAL who came forward to take credit for killing bin Laden on the 2011 raid.

O’Neill tweeted that McRaven was “born” to lead the mission, and asserted it was a bipartisan effort.

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