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Esteemed Navy Admiral Attacked by History Challenged President

Donald Trump on Monday defended his rude and unnecessary criticism of retired Navy Admral William McRaven, repeating his simple-minded belief that America should have killed the al Qaeda mastermind Osama bin Laden much sooner. Obviously, if there a way for the U.S. government to have done it sooner, they would have done that.

“Of course we should have captured Osama Bin Laden long before we did,” Donald Trump tweeted.

The dishonest president repeated his lie that he called for killing bin Laden in a 2000 book, writing “President Clinton famously missed his shot,” then accusing Pakistan of failing to find the 9/11 mastermind despite several billion in U.S. aid.

“Fools!” wrote the buffoon who is unfortunately our president.

Trump also threatened to stop support for Afghanistan, where American forces are still waging a war 17 years after 9/11 with no end in sight.

“We no longer pay Pakistan the $Billions because they would take our money and do nothing for us, Bin Laden being a prime example, Afghanistan being another,” wrote the president in another tweet. “They were just one of many countries that take from the United States without giving anything in return. That’s ENDING!”

The remarks are one day after Donald Trump escalated his unwarranted verbal attacks McRaven, who is a retired Navy SEAL and retired special operations commander. He oversaw the 2011 raid which killed bin Laden. Trump called him a “Hillary Clinton fan” (there’s no evidence for that, but his supporters probably ate it up) and an “Obama-backer” that should have killed bin Laden faster.

“Wouldn’t it have been nice if we got Osama bin Laden a lot sooner than that, wouldn’t it have been nice?” Donald Trump said obnoxiously during a sham of an interview with Chris Wallace for “Fox News Sunday.”

Trump’s small-minded comments have created a firestorm of controversy, whose terrible handling of the military is under fire.

Republican Senator Marco Rubio (Fla.) praised McRaven on Monday , saying his political views are irrelevant to his important legacy.

“I don’t know if Adm. William McRaven shares my political views or not. But I do know that few Americans have sacrificed or risked more than he has to protect America & the freedoms we enjoy,” Marco Rubio tweeted. “His military career exemplified honor & excellence. I am grateful for his service.”

McRaven initially criticized Trump last year, telling the president to stop calling the news media the “enemy of the people”, a phrase used by the German Nationalists and Josef Stalin. The retired admiral backed up those comments Sunday, saying he believes Donald Trump’s attacks on the media are “the greatest threat to our democracy in my lifetime.”

“When you undermine the people’s right to a free press and freedom of speech and expression, then you threaten the Constitution and all for which it stands,” McRaven said to CNN.

“I did not back Hillary Clinton or anyone else,” added McRaven. “I am a fan of President Obama and President George W. Bush, both of whom I worked for. I admire all presidents, regardless of their political party, who uphold the dignity of the office and who use that office to bring the nation together in challenging times.”

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