Osama bin Laden

What they’re saying: Trump takes heat for his bin Laden raid comments

Robert O'Neill
Former Navy SEAL Robert O'Neill, who claims to have fired the shots that killed Osama bin Laden. Photo: Phillip Faraone via Getty Images

In a pair of Monday morning tweets, President Trump doubled down on remarks he made Sunday about how past administrations and military leaders should have captured Osama bin Laden sooner than they did.

The big picture: The comments have drawn criticism from former intelligence officials and veterans who view Trump's comments as unbecoming of the commander in chief. In a Washington Post op-ed published before Trump's tweets Monday morning, former NATO supreme allied commander Wesley Clark said that despite to Trump's personal belief that he honors and respects the military, his behavior in office suggests otherwise.

"Fools!": Trump blasts predecessors, Pakistan on Osama bin Laden

President Trump doubled down on his criticism of past administrations, military leadership and the nation of Pakistan for not capturing or killing Osama bin Laden sooner in a series of Monday morning tweets.

"Of course we should have captured Osama Bin Laden long before we did. I pointed him out in my book just BEFORE the attack on the World Trade Center. President Clinton famously missed his shot. We paid Pakistan Billions of Dollars & they never told us he was living there. Fools! 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. They were just one of many countries that take from the United States without giving anything in return. That’s ENDING!"

The big picture: Trump made waves yesterday in an interview with "Fox News Sunday" after he blasted retired Navy Adm. William McRaven, who organized the bin Laden raid, when asked about McRaven's criticisms of his rhetoric toward the media. And cutting foreign aid to Pakistan due to its continued support of the Taliban has been a strategic goal for the Trump administration, having slashed a total of $800 million already this year.