President Donald Trump lashed out at retired Navy Admiral William H. McRaven as a “Hillary Clinton fan” during a Fox News interview that aired on Sunday.
“It would be nice if we got Osama bin Laden a lot sooner,” Trump complained.
McRaven, a former Navy SEAL who lead the successful hunt to kill Osama bin Laden, replied to Trump in a statement he sent to CNN on Sunday.
“I did not back Hillary Clinton or anyone else,” he fact-checked. “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,” he continued.
“I stand by my comment that the president’s attack on the media is the greatest threat to our democracy in my lifetime,” he added. “When you undermine the people’s right to free press and freedom of speech and expression, then you threaten the Constitution and all for which it stands.”