Donald Trump: Yes, We Should Have Captured Osama Bin Laden Earlier

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Janjua went so far as to say that "no other country had paid a heavier price than Pakistan in the fight against terrorism", adding that the USA leadership acknowledged on multiple occasions that Pakistan's cooperation helped in "decimating" al-Qaida. "Everybody in Pakistan knew he was there". As commander of the Pentagon's Joint Special Operations Command in 2011, he oversaw the raid that killed bin Laden in Pakistan.

While both Clinton and Trump sought to line up military endorsements during the 2016 contest, McRaven - who was serving as chancellor of the University of Texas system - said he did not want to take sides.

"It's baffling why the president would launch an uninformed, spiteful attack on a public servant like Bill McRaven", said Stephen Slick, former CIA station chief in Israel who is now the director of the intelligence studies project at the University of Texas at Austin.

"Frankly, wouldn't it have been nice if we got Osama bin Laden a lot sooner than that?", Trump said in a "Fox News Sunday" interview.

"I stand by my comment that the President's attack on the media is the greatest threat to our democracy in my lifetime", he continued. "But living in Pakistan right next to the military academy, everybody in Pakistan knew he was there, and we give Pakistan $1.3 billion a year, and they don't tell him?"

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Republican Sen. Marco Rubio and former colleagues of McRaven also came to his defense. "But I do know that few Americans have sacrificed or risked more than he has to protect America & the freedoms we enjoy".

"This is disgusting!" said CBS News national security analyst Fran Townsend, who worked with McRaven during her time as a counterterrorism and homeland security adviser to former President George W. Bush.

President Donald Trump has ignited a firestorm of criticism and charges that he is politicizing the military by faulting a war hero for not capturing al-Qaida leader Osama bin Laden sooner. It later arrested Dr. Shakil Afridi, who had run a fake vaccination campaign in Abbottabad to help the Central Intelligence Agency confirm bin Laden's whereabouts.

In an interview with Fox News that also led to criticism from Imran Khan, the prime minister of Pakistan, Mr Trump said that Mr McRaven was a "Hillary fan" and an "Obama backer". In the Fox News interview aired Sunday, the president addressed another criticism - that he had not yet visited USA troops in the war zones of Iraq or Afghanistan.

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