Asked about the matter during an interview with Fox News" "Fox "n' Friends", Trump repeatedly said "they" were responsible for the outcome of the mission, in reference to the military.
Trump went on to defend the "very successful mission" by saying that because of it the military obtained significant intel.
Thye decision to approve the mission was not made from the Situation Room or even from the Oval Office, but over a dinner that included Jared Kushner, Steve Bannon, Defense Secretary Mattis and Gen. Joseph F. Dunford Jr., Vice President Mike Pence, and the now-former National Security Advisor Mike Flynn.
In the interview with "Fox and Friends" Tuesday, Trump refused to name any example of a time when he had been justifiably criticized.
"My generals are the most respected we've had in many decades I believe".
What about Trump's assertions that this was "a very successful mission", which produced "tremendous amounts of information"? "And they lost Ryan", President Trump said. The buck "started before I was here", countered President Trump.
"I felt badly when a young man dies, and John McCain said that was a failed mission", Trump said.
U.S. Central Command confirmed Sunday that there is what is called a 15-6 investigation underway into Owen's death, which is standard for the death of any deployed U.S. military service member. Bill Owens told the Miami Herald on Friday.
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Trump said "it was very sad" to meet with Owens' family at the transferring ceremony.
Unidentified senior US officials recently told NBC News that they were unaware of any "actionable intelligence" that the Pentagon said was gathered from the commando raid.
Trump was responding to a question about criticism from the SEAL's father. This was something they wanted to do.
"I can only tell you what we're doing" in the way of looking into what happened on the January 29 raid, said Capt. Jeff Davis, a Navy spokesman. Three weeks ago, White House Press Secretary Sean Spicer called the raid "absolutely a success" and said that anybody who questions the raid "owes an apology and [does a] disservice to the life of Chief Owens".
"Not only was it a very, very thought-out process by this administration, and it started back on November 7th in terms of - clearly, well before that, but it was moved forward by CENTCOM on November 7th", Spicer said during a White House press briefing February 2.
"I can understand people saying that", Trump said.
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