US Navy seal commander who supervised OBL operation hits out at Donald Trump

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US Navy seal commander who supervised OBL operation hits out at Donald Trump

WASHINGTON - US President Donald Trump's attacks on the news media represent the "greatest threat" to democracy, the retired Navy SEAL, who oversaw the killing of Osama bin Laden and the capture of Saddam Hussein, has said.

William McRaven's remarks on Sunday came after Trump derided the retired Navy SEAL and Special Operations commander as a "Hillary Clinton fan" and an "Obama backer".

Trump also suggested that the four-star admiral, who recently left his post as chancellor of the University of Texas amid a battle with chronic lymphocytic leukemia, should have caught bin Laden faster.

"Wouldn't it have been nice if we got Osama bin Laden a lot sooner than that, wouldn't it have been nice?" Trump told Fox news.

"I did not back Hillary Clinton or anyone else. I am a fan of President Obama and President George W Bush, both of whom I worked for. I admire all presidents, regardless of their political party, who uphold the dignity of the office and who use that office to bring the nation together in challenging times," McRaven said.