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10 February 2017, 02:07 | Ignacio Smith
Navy SEALs retreat during a training exercise. US Navy
John McCain after the Vietnam War veteran said Wednesday that a recent Navy Seal raid in Yemen "cannot be labeled a success". McCain said the raid, which also resulted in the deaths of civilians, including several children and women, and the loss of a $75 million airplane, "cannot be labeled a success". "Only emboldens the enemy!"
In response, Trump tweeted: "Sen".
"Trump lashed out at McCain personally on Twitter Thursday morning, saying, "[McCain has] been losing so long he doesn't know how to win anymore.", and describing the Yemen raid as "a winning mission".
"It's absolutely a success and anyone who suggests it's not does a disservice to Ryan Owens", Spicer said.
The lawmakers said that operations against al Qaeda in the Arabian Peninsula (AQAP), thought to pose the largest threat of any affiliate to USA national security, "must remain a top priority".
On Thursday, Trump added that McCain shouldn't be speaking openly about the situation.
One Navy SEAL was also killed in the raid, which left three other SEALs wounded.
"Knowing that we killed an estimated 14 AQAP [Al Qaeda in the Arabian Peninsula] members and that we gathered an unbelievable amount of intelligence that will prevent the potential deaths or attacks on American soil - is something that I think most service members understand, that that's why they joined the service". In an attempt to prove how successful the raid was, the Trump administration published a ten-year-old terrorist training video and tried to pass it off as "new" intelligence found at the scene of the raid.
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White House Press Secretary Sean Spicer argued that anyone who undermines the success of the raid owes an apology and does a disservice to the life of Owens.
It's been described as a mission in which "almost everything went wrong, " a dynamic made more complicated by US military officials suggesting to Reuters that Trump approved the mission "without sufficient intelligence, ground support or adequate backup preparations".
"Those who took part in the conflict remember well the service of more than 50,000 Australians in the Vietnam War, including more than 500 that gave their lives".
"I think this costs America more than it saved us in security".
"Unfortunately, the prison had been evacuated".
"Because the mission failed did not in any way diminish their courage and willingness to help their fellow Americans who were help captive".
"Mr. Spicer should know that story", he added.
As a result of the local outrage caused by the civilian deaths, Yemen announced that it will no longer give the USA permission to conduct ground missions in the country, reports The New York Times.
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