Spicer is furiously defending a Yemen military operation and honoring deceased Navy SEAL Ryan Owens all at once.
- Sean Spicer was put in a difficult situation by the press, which appeared resolute in portraying a US Military operation in Yemen as a failure.
- Spicer bemoaned critics of the raid, suggesting they owe an apology to Ryan Owens who died during the heroic operation.
During today’s press briefing, White House Press Secretary Sean Spicer was asked if the White House can continue to paint the Yemen raid as a success considering the loss of civilian life and the fact that Yemen is no longer granting permission to the U.S. to run special operations missions in the country.
“It’s absolutely a success,” Spicer told MSNBC’s Kristen Welker. “And I think anyone who suggests it’s not a success does disservice to the life of Chief Ryan Owens.”
After mentioning the intelligence they retrieved from the mission, Spicer continued to rail against the idea that it was anything but a success, invoking the death of the Navy SEAL multiple times.
“Anybody who undermines the success of the raid owes an apology and a disservice to the life of Chief Owens,” Spicer exclaimed.
When pressed by Welker if that would include Sen. John McCain (R-AZ), who has been critical of the raid, Spicer said that would be his “message to anybody.”