Trump Defends Yemen Raid Amidst New NBC Report that Questions Its Success

Trump Defends Yemen Raid Amidst New NBC Report that Questions Its Success

Trump Defends Yemen Raid Amidst New NBC Report that Questions Its Success

They came to see me, they explained what they wanted to do, the generals-who are very respected, "he told Fox News Tuesday morning, "and they lost Ryan".

Trump went on to defend the "very successful mission" by saying that because of it the military obtained significant intel.

"Why at this time did there have to be this stupid mission when it wasn't even barely a week into his administration?" he said. After White House spokeswoman Sarah Huckabee Sanders said this weekend that Trump would probably back an investigation into the operation, Spicer noted Monday the Defense Department will review it as a matter of standard procedure.

But I think when you look at what the stated goal of that mission was, it was an information and intelligence-gathering mission and it achieved that - its objectives. "And they lost Ryan".

Following up on a story we've been following, Donald Trump continues to face important questions about the first military raid he ordered as president, which tragically turned deadly.

"I felt badly when a young man dies, and John McCain said that was a failed mission", Trump said.

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29 in an operation that saw six other US service members injured and more than 20 Yemeni civilians killed.

Earlier this week, Owens's father, Bill Owens, told The Miami Herald that he had refused to meet the president when he and his family came to greet Ryan's casket, saying that "my conscience wouldn't let me talk to him" and that he had demanded answers from Trump. Although the Pentagon initially denied reports of dead civilians, officials acknowledged in the days following the raid that some had been killed and that they had begun a formal investigation. "This is something that they (former president Obama's generals) wanted to do". The president concluded that it was "a very successful mission", which produced "tremendous amounts of information".

February 9: "It's absolutely a success, and I think anyone who would suggest it's not a success does disservice to the life of Chief Ryan Owens". White House Press Secretary Sean Spicer responded to the request Monday, saying that the US military would already be conducting three separate investigations into the incident, and defended the raid.

"I won't give you any additional ammunition", he said.

In addition to Owens' death, between 14 and 25 civilians were killed during the mission, including children. Spicer previously indicated that the raid was passed off to the Trump administration by the Obama administration.

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