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US is ‘under attack from the president’



Retired US Navy Adm. William McRaven

Retired US Navy Adm. William McRaven, a Navel SEAL who oversaw the raid that took out Al Queda leader Osama Bin Ladin in 2011, gave a bleak assessment of President Donald Trump and alleged the commander in chief was gutting the country of the “nation’s principle”.

The U.S. commander who oversaw the raid that killed Osama bin Laden says the U.S. is under attack again — “but from within,” and it’s the president doing it.

In a scathing op-ed published, retired Adm. William McRaven, former chief of the U.S. Special Operations Command, said it may be time for the U.S. to get a new president, since President Donald Trump is not a capable leader.

McRaven said he was struck by the men and women who serve — and have served — America who he said now harbor “an underlying current of frustration, humiliation, anger and fear” because of Trumps’s words and deeds.

McRaven said America’s greatness is reflected in its ideals. “We are the most powerful nation in the world because our ideals of universal freedom and equality have been backed up by our belief that we were champions of justice, the protectors of the less fortunate.”

“President Trump seems to believe that these qualities are unimportant or show weakness. He is wrong,” he said.

“And if this president doesn’t understand their importance, if this president doesn’t demonstrate the leadership that America needs, both domestically and abroad, then it is time for a new person in the Oval Office — Republican, Democrat or independent — the sooner, the better. The fate of our Republic depends upon it.”

McRaven has been an outspoken critic of Trump, and said last year that Trump’s attacks on the press represented “the greatest threat to democracy.”

Trump dismissed that criticism last November, calling McRaven a supporter of former President Barack Obama and Hillary Clinton, and saying it “would it have been nicer if we got Osama bin Laden a lot sooner than that.”

McRaven went on to suggest that Trump’s conduct in the Oval Office could lead to lower military recruitment numbers, as young Americans would distrust the Trump administration and future presidents.

“If our promises are meaningless, how will our allies ever trust us? If we can’t have faith in our nation’s principles, why would the men and women of this nation join the military? And if they don’t join, who will protect us?” he wrote.

McRaven served as commander of U.S. Special Operations Command from 2011 to 2014, and later served as chancellor of the University of Texas school system.

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