The entire brouhaha with McRaven and bin Laden was sparked when Wallace asked Trump to defend his attacks on the media. He said he had supported Presidents George W. Bush and Barack Obama, both of whom he worked for while in uniform. "Unlike our current commander-in-chief".
McRaven has repeatedly criticized Trump's presidency, calling it an embarrassment and a humiliation of the United States on the world stage that has divided the country.
"Look, there's news right there", Trump responded. Now 63, he stepped down from that post this past spring, amid a battle with chronic lymphocytic leukemia. "They don't tell him?"
This isn't the first time O'Neill has been critical of the president.
That admiration did not, however, extend to Trump. "Fools!" the president wrote.
When told his answers differ with the views of the United States president, Colonel Manning added, "I do not have any announcement on any change to the military to military relationship we have with Pakistan". This has become a point of criticism by his political opponents.
Trump has doubled down on his criticism of Washington's handling of the hunt for bin Laden in his latest rant on Twitter.
Other former top national security leaders have lamented the tensions that have sprung up between the president and several former top military or spy world figures.
With some exceptions, retired general officers typically refrain from political comment. McRaven said he did not endorse anyone in 2016.
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Others with inside knowledge of the 2011 operation in Pakistan against bin Laden are coming to McRaven's defense.
The comments also underscored Trump's complicated relationship with the US military and spy services: In this case, the president appeared to not understand that intelligence agencies were responsible for finding bin Laden.
He continued: "President Clinton famously missed his shot".
In his latest tweet the USA president alleged that America paid Pakistan billions of dollars and they never told them that Osama was living there.
The US President tweeted: "And we give Pakistan $1.3 billion a year".
"Of course we should have captured Osama bin Laden long before we did". The Navy special operators killed him and flew him to a ship, from which his body was dumped in the ocean.
"Bin Laden being a prime example, Afghanistan being another". The U.S. attacks were meant to disrupt bin Laden's network and destroy some of al-Qaida's infrastructure, such as a factory in Sudan associated with the production of a nerve gas ingredient.
VoteVets, an organisation of USA service veterans, criticised Trump's remark.
The statement from the Pentagon comes a day after Trump sparked off a Twitter spat with the Prime Minister Imran Khan when he reiterated the allegations he had levelled in a Fox News interview a day earlier.