In a wide raging interview with Chris Wallace for “Fox News Sunday,” Donald Trump talked about a few of the largest subjects of the day — from the homicide of journalist Jamal Khashoggi to his fiery press rhetoric, to the palace intrigue engulfing the White House, and had some serious criticism for some of his distractors.
Trump addressed the killing of Washington Post columnist Jamal Khashoggi, and basically provided cover for Saudi Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman:
“Well, will anybody really know? All right, will anybody really know? But he did have certainly people that were reasonably close to him and close to him that were probably involved. You saw we put on very heavy sanctions, massive sanctions on a large group of people from Saudi Arabia. But at the same time we do have an ally and I want to stick with an ally that in many ways has been very good.”
Wallace pressed Trump on the fact that he hadn’t yet visited American troops in war zones in the Middle East — something his predecessors had done.
“Well, I think you will see that happen. There are things that are being planned. We don’t want to talk about it because of, obviously, because of security reasons and everything else. … I’ve had an unbelievable busy schedule and I will be doing it. On top of which you have these phony witch hunts. On top of which — I mean, we’ve just been very busy. But I will be doing that.”
At one point, Wallace asked Trump about the criticism from retired Navy Admiral William McRaven, who led the operations that took down Saddam Hussein and Osama bin Laden and called Trump’s attacks on the press “the greatest threat to democracy in his lifetime.”
“OK, he’s a Hillary Clinton backer and an Obama backer and frankly…wouldn’t it have been nice if we got Osama Bin Laden a lot sooner than that, wouldn’t it have been nice?”
Twitter wasn’t happy:
During his interview with Chris Wallace, Trump continued his assault on our military by trying to demean retired Navy SEAL and SOCOM commander Admiral William McRaven, the man who helped create the plan to take out bin Laden.
Trump is a disgrace to America and our Heroes.
— Ed Krassenstein (@EdKrassen) November 18, 2018
Trump dismissing retired Navy SEAL and SOCOM commander Admiral William McRaven — the architect of the bin Laden raid — as a "Hillary Clinton backer" and an "Obama backer."
After the interview, Wallace noted that McRaven never endorsed Hillary Clinton. https://t.co/aLKF2DN3np
— Greg Hughes (@newsbyhughes) November 18, 2018
TRUMP: Wouldn’t it have been nice if we got Osama Bin Laden a lot sooner than that, wouldn’t it have been nice?
You know, living – think of this – living in Pakistan, beautifully in Pakistan in what I guess they considered a nice mansion,
I don’t know, I’ve seen nicer
— Jonathan Lemire (@JonLemire) November 18, 2018
Interviewing trump is pointless. Asking questions at the briefing is pointless. I don't understand why we give them a chance to speak just to fact check the entire thing later and debate it's morality. https://t.co/bpqeKR5b5U
— Joe Kent (@itsjoekent) November 18, 2018
Holy shit — Trump dismisses a Navy SEAL who has been critical of him as "a Hillary Clinton fan & Obama backer" & criticizes Navy SEALs for not taking out bin Laden *sooner.*
"Frankly, wouldn't it have been nice if we had gotten Osama bin Laden a lot sooner than that?"
— Aaron Rupar (@atrupar) November 18, 2018