Trump responds to father of Navy SEAL killed in Yemen raid

President Trump responded to the father calling for an investigation of his Navy SEAL son’s death in a Yemen military raid, with the president expressing sympathy for the service member’s family but defending the mission as one “that started before I got here.”

“This was something that they were looking at for a long time doing,” Trump said in an interview on “Fox & Friends” that aired this morning. “And according to Gen. [James] Mattis it was a very successful mission. They got tremendous amounts of information.”

“This was a mission that started before I got here,” the president said.

The January raid in Yemen resulted in the death of Navy SEAL William “Ryan” Owens, 36, and injuries to three other Navy SEALS. Fourteen militants were killed in the raid. U.S. Central Command also said in early February that “civilian noncombatants likely were killed,” which may have included…

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