Trump’s first ordered military raid was an utter disaster. Following the raid, Reuters reported:
“U.S. military officials told Reuters that Trump approved his first covert counterterrorism operation without sufficient intelligence, ground support or adequate backup preparations. As a result, three officials said, the attacking SEAL team found itself dropping onto a reinforced al Qaeda base defended by landmines, snipers, and a larger than expected contingent of heavily armed Islamist extremists”
Upon taking office Trump promptly ordered a raid which the Obama Administration deemed too risky. Senior Pentagon officials said the raid “produced no actionable intelligence.” At the same time John McCain was telling reporters the Yemen raid was a failure, Sean Spicer was at the podium saying anyone who says the Yemen raid wasn’t a success is doing a disservice to the slain Navy Seal’s family and should apologize. The dad of the fallen SEAL slammed Trump’s judgment and demanded an investigation.
Though he ordered it, Trump tried to pin blame on the Obama administration, contending it was in motion before he took office. Then, he blamed the generals.
“This was something that was, you know, just — they wanted to do, And they came to see me and they explained what they wanted to do, the generals, who are very respected. And they lost Ryan.”
Trump is pivoting between insisting the raid was a success, to blaming Obama and the generals for its failure. What he won’t do is accept any responsibility for what happened.