Questions surrounding Trump's Yemen raid linger
- Author: Rogelio Becker Mar 02, 2017,
Mar 02, 2017, 0:17
NBC previously reported that the chief objective of the mission was to kill or capture the leader of Al Qaeda in Yemen, Qassim al-Rimi; if Trump had succeeded in catching a fish that big less than a week after his inauguration, it would have been a major score politically.
The Herald reports that Owens was also dismayed by Trump's treatment of Khizr Khan, the Gold Star father who spoke out against then-candidate Trump at the Democratic National Convention last summer. In addition to Owens' death, three other USA soldiers were injured in Yemen during the first anti-terrorist operation approved by the Trump, and then the Pentagon itself recognized that some civilians were killed in the attack.
"I can tell him that on behalf of the president, his son died a hero and the information that he was able to help obtain through that raid, as I said before, is going to save American lives", he said.
The Herald reports that Owens, a military veteran, is now demanding an investigation into the military action that killed his son, as well as almost 30 civilians. In an interview with CNN, Kahl said Spicer's version of events was "fan fiction", explaining Obama had deferred any judgement about potential escalation in Yemen to the Trump administration.
Although Owens and his wife declined to meet with Trump in early February, the President and his daughter Ivanka met with other members of the Owens family, The Miami Herald reported. But Owens, a former police detective and veteran, told the Chaplain that he didn't want to meet with the president. John McCain's (R-Ariz.) rhetoric about the operation "emboldens the enemy!". She also defended the Yemen mission. "Now, all of a sudden we had to make this grand display?'".
The report, based on interviews with senior United States officials, seems to contradict White House statements that the January raid was a success.
Although the White House has said the specific plan for the raid had been pushed from Obama to Trump because of the mission's specific timing - namely, a night with no moon - Obama administration officials have debated this account. Bill Owens told the Miami Herald. And despite Trump calling the mission a success that captured "important intelligence that will assist the U.S.in preventing terrorism against its citizens and people around the world", many officials detracted the raid, including Sen. Making matters worse, White House officials, including Trump and press secretary Sean Spicer, have made multiple efforts to squelch questions about the mission, using Owens' memory in a way the fallen soldier's father doesn't appreciate.