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McCain Slams Spicer Over Military Comment

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By    |   Thursday, 09 Feb 2017 04:10 PM

Sen. John McCain, R-Ariz., hit back at White House press secretary Sean Spicer over a recent military raid in Yemen that resulted in the death of a U.S. Navy SEAL.

Chief Petty Officer William "Ryan" Owens died during the raid, reportedly along with the 8-year-old daughter of the target, Anwar Al-Awlaki. In a statement after the incident, McCain called the operation a "failure."

"Every military operation has objectives," he said, per New York Magazine. "And while many of the objectives of the recent raid in Yemen were met, I would not describe any operation that results in the loss of American life as a success."

Spicer defended the raid, saying it was "absolutely a success, and I think anyone who would suggest it's not a success does disservice to the life of Chief Ryan Owens."

McCain responded to Spicer on NBC News.

"Many years ago when I was imprisoned in North Vietnam, there was an attempt to rescue the POWs," he said, referencing his own military service.

"Unfortunately, the prison had been evacuated. But the brave men who were took on that mission and risked their lives in an effort to rescue us prisoners of war were genuine American heroes. Because the mission failed did not in any way diminish their courage and willingness to help their fellow Americans who were held captive. Mr. Spicer should know that story."

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Sen. John McCain, R-Ariz., hit back at White House press secretary Sean Spicer over a recent military raid in Yemen that resulted in the death of a U.S. Navy SEAL.
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