GOP leaders, Texas lawmakers rush to McRaven’s defense after Trump attacks on capturing bin Laden

Natalie Heineman

On Sunday, President Donald Trump criticized retired Navy Admiral William H. McRaven, the former chancellor of the University of Texas System, for not capturing Osama bin Laden sooner.

“Wouldn’t it have been nice if we got Osama bin Laden a lot sooner than that, wouldn’t it have been nice?” Trump asked Fox News host Chris Wallace.

McRaven was responsible for overseeing the Joint Special Operations Command that killed bin Laden in May 2011. McRaven later became chancellor in 2015.

On Monday, Trump doubled down on his remark via Twitter.



Several major voices in the GOP expressed their disagreement, including Florida Sen. Marco Rubio, Texas Land Commissioner George P. Bush and Joe Straus, speaker of the Texas House of Representatives.



Former Navy Seal Robert J. O’Neil, who claims to have fired the head shot that killed bin Laden, tweeted:



Despite individual support for McRaven, the official GOP Twitter account backed Trump.



However, Karen Tumulty, a political columnist at the Washington Post pointed out: