Retired US Navy Adm. William McRaven, former head of Special Operations Command, delivered his fiercest criticism of President Donald Trump yet in a column in The New York Times on Thursday.
McRaven’s 36-year military career was marked by several high-profile accomplishments, including his leadership role in Operation Neptune Spear, targeting al-Qaida leader Osama bin Laden, in 2011.
He retired from the Navy in 2014 and became the chancellor of the University of Texas system in 2015. Two years later, he said he would leave that job, citing health concerns.
McRaven has written several bestselling books about leadership, including “Make Your Bed: Little Things That Can Change Your Life … And Maybe the World” and “Sea Stories: My Life in Special Operations.”
McRaven has taken issue with Trump’s policies and demeanor throughout his presidency, writing several striking opinion columns and criticizing him in interviews. While it is not uncommon for retired senior officers to speak for or against a sitting president, McRaven’s comments have attracted significant attention due to his seniority and service.
Trump has responded by denigrating McRaven’s military service and accusing him of being politically biased, calling the retired admiral a “Hillary Clinton fan” and an “Obama backer” during a Fox News interview in November.
“Wouldn’t it have been nice if we got Osama bin Laden a lot sooner than that? Wouldn’t it have been nice?” Trump said.
Here are a few of McRaven’s criticisms of Trump:
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