The truth about Donald Trump's Bin Laden 'prediction'

Pauline Gross
November 20, 2018

On Sunday, Trump accused the Pakistani government of hiding Bin Laden in its territory in an interview to broadcaster Fox News and claimed that despite the USA giving $1.3 billion annually to Islamabad, the latter had done nothing.

'Hillary Clinton fan, ' Trump interjected.

In response, McRaven denied that he supported Clinton in the 2016 presidential race, but clarified that he was a supporter of President Barack Obama and President George W. Bush.

That admiration did not, however, extend to Trump. "That's ENDING!" Trump posted. "That is probably the most heartbreaking moment of all this is that, as a nation, we truly have a political party that gets the president's back in moments of dishonor like we're seeing from him today".

The Trump administration has vowed to freeze other forms of security assistance, bringing the total of security funds that could be held back to at least $1.3 billion.

Other former top national security leaders have lamented the tensions that have sprung up between the president and several former top military or spy world figures.

"I think that for Adm. McRaven - who I think the world of - it's the wrong fight", Mullen said.

McRaven, for his part, is defending his own criticism of Trump's anti-press statements.

He also alleged it was well known in Pakistan that bin Laden was hiding in the country before U.S. special forces killed him in a 2011 raid.

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In an echo of his campaign rhetoric, President Donald Trump is back to portraying himself as the Paul Revere of the terrorism age - the one who told the country Osama bin Laden was coming.

He alleged that Pakistan knew that Osama bin Laden, the Al Qaeda leader, was living in a mansion on the outskirts of its garrison city of Abbottabad and all the aid being given to Pakistan, which is USD1.3 billion per annum, was a waste.

USA's frustration with Pakistan has been expressed publicly by Trump administration many times.

Mr Trump followed up his remarks on Twitter, posting: "We no longer pay Pakistan the $Billions because they would take our money and do nothing for us, bin Laden being a prime example, Afghanistan being another". The Navy special operators killed him and flew him to a ship, from which his body was dumped in the ocean.

Trump has so far refused to row back on his comments, and tweeted on Monday: "Of course we should have captured Osama Bin Laden long before we did".

Robert O'Neill, who fired the shot that killed bin Laden in 2011, wrote Sunday that McRaven "was born to lead this mission".

Leon Panetta, who was CIA director during the bin Laden raid and later served as secretary of defense, said Trump owed an apology to McRaven and to all of those in the military and intelligence agencies who played a role in tracking down bin Laden and carrying out the risky raid into Pakistan. "I ended it because they don't do anything for us, they don't do a damn thing for us", Trump had said.

A former foreign minister rejected Mr Trump's comments too, saying the country had paid for working with America since helping the USA defeat the Russian invasion of Afghanistan. He blamed the Secret Service.

Hitting back on Twitter, Mr Khan said the United States merely provided a "miniscule" $20bn (£15.6bn) in aid. But he hinted a trip to a war zone could be coming in the future.

Other reports by GizPress

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