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Trump Slams McCain Over Yemen Comment

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resident Donald Trump has started another war of words with Arizona Sen. John McCain over whether the recent raid in Yemen that killed a Navy SEAL as well as a number of civilians, including women and children, was a success.

McCain, the head of the Senate Armed Services Committee, told NBC on Wednesday that when a mission leads to the loss of life, “I don’t believe you can call it a success.”

“My understanding of the parameters of the raid were that they wanted to capture individuals and obviously they didn’t want to kill children or women,” McCain said.

Reprieve, an international human rights group that frequently represents victims of drone strikes and their families, said that as many as 24 civilians may have been killed in the raid.

U.S. Central Command said in a statement: “A team designated by the operational task force commander has concluded regrettably that civilian non-combatants were likely killed in the midst of a firefight during a raid in Yemen Jan. 29. Casualties may include children.” It is reviewing claims of civilian casualties.

White House press secretary Sean Spicer criticized McCain during Wednesday’s press briefing, saying that “anybody who undermines the success of that raid, owes an apology and [does] disservice to the life of chief [Naval Surface Warfare Operator William “Ryan”] Owens.”

Spicer called the raid a “huge success,” though he had said in a press briefing on Feb. 2 that “it’s hard to ever say something was successful when you lose a life.”

Spicer’s defense didn’t stop Trump from slamming McCain in a series of tweets this morning.

“Sen. McCain should not be talking about the success or failure of a mission to the media. Only emboldens the enemy! He’s been losing so long he doesn’t know how to win anymore, just look at the mess our country is in – bogged down in conflict all over the place. Our hero Ryan [Owens] died on a winning mission (according to General Mattis), not a “failure.” Time for the U.S. to get smart and start winning again!” Trump wrote.

Sen. McCain should not be talking about the success or failure of a mission to the media. Only emboldens the enemy! He’s been losing so….

— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) February 9, 2017

…long he doesn’t know how to win anymore, just look at the mess our country is in – bogged down in conflict all over the place. Our hero..

— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) February 9, 2017

..Ryan died on a winning mission ( according to General Mattis), not a “failure.” Time for the U.S. to get smart and start winning again!

— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) February 9, 2017

On the campaign trail in October, Trump initially knocked the mission in Mosul, Iraq, saying that it was “turning out to be a total disaster.”

The attack on Mosul is turning out to be a total disaster. We gave them months of notice. U.S. is looking so dumb. VOTE TRUMP and WIN AGAIN!

— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) October 23, 2016

This is not the only time that Trump has been openly critical of McCain. Shortly after launching his presidential campaign, Trump said McCain is “not a war hero. He’s a war hero because he was captured. I like people who weren’t captured.”

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