Navy SEALs: Donald Trump Attacks Retired Navy Commander For Not Getting Osama Bin Laden Sooner, Calls Him 'Hillary Clinton Fan'

President Donald Trump has attacked a retired Navy Admiral, a 37-year veteran of the U.S. military, for not catching Osama bin Laden quicker, while also criticizing the former commander for being a supporter of Hillary Clinton and Barack Obama.

In a wide-ranging interview with Fox News Sunday host Chris Wallace, the president responded to a question about significant criticism from retired Admiral William McRaven, who served as Commander of the United States Special Operations Command from 2011 until 2014, by going on the offensive. When Wallace pointed out that McRaven has said Trump's "sentiment is the greatest threat to Democracy in his life," the president wrote off the criticism as support for his political opposition.

"OK, he's a Hillary Clinton-backer and an Obama-backer," Trump said, to which Wallace pushed back, pointing out that McRaven was a veteran Navy SEAL.

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"Wouldn't it have been nice if we got Osama bin Laden a lot sooner than that?" the president asked, cutting Wallace off. McRaven was in charge of the operation when the former leader of Al Qaeda was taken out by U.S. Special Forces in a 2011 raid. The extremist leader was allegedly the mastermind of the September 11, 2001 attacks on New York City and Washington, DC that left thousands of Americans dead.

Wallace pushed back again, asking: "You're not even going to give them credit for taking down Bin Laden?"

"They took him down," Trump conceded, before shifting the subject point out that Bin Laden had been living in Pakistan without problems. The president argued that the extremist leader's whereabout were well known to Pakistani leaders, but the U.S. continued to give the country money regardless.

Trump then shifted to talking about the press, insisting that a free press is important while also attacking what he classified as fake stories and unfair reporting.

"But the president doesn't get to decide what's fair and what's not," Wallace interjected.

"I can tell what's fair and what's not," Trump shot back.

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Earlier in the interview the president also repeated his attacks on the media, calling it "100 percent true" that "the fake news" is "the enemy of the American people." Wallace then pointed out that such rhetoric has been jumped on by authoritarian leaders around the world to attack critics.

"I can't talk for other people," the president responded. "The news about me is largely phony. It's false."

Asked about his decision to answer questions in the ongoing probe into alleged collusion with Russia by Special Counsel Robert Mueller, Trump told Wallace the investigation was "a scam" and that "there was no obstruction of justice."