Spicer: 'Disservice' to Slain Navy SEAL to Question Success of Yemen Raid
White House Press Secretary Sean Spicer said today that the recent U.S. military raid in Yemen was a success and any suggestion to the contrary is a "disservice" to the Navy SEAL who lost his life.
A report this morning stated that Yemen is "reassessing" the Jan. 29 attack on a suspected terrorist compound. A previous report stated that Yemen had "withdrawn permission for the United States to run Special Operations ground missions" against suspected terrorists there.
A member of SEAL Team 6, Chief Petty Officer William "Ryan" Owens, died in the firefight along with civilians, including children.
Given the latest reports, Kristen Welker of NBC News asked Spicer whether he would still characterize the raid as a "success."
"It's absolutely a success. Anyone who would suggest it's not a success does a disservice to Ryan Owens," said Spicer.
He said the SEAL Team recovered valuable information that will save American lives and prevent future attacks.
"Any suggestion otherwise is a disservice to his courageous life and the actions he took. Full stop," he answered.
Welker noted that Sen. John McCain (R-AZ), chair of the Armed Services Committee, called the operation a "failure" Tuesday following a classified briefing.
Watch the exchange above.