'The View's' Sunny Hostin Rails Against Trump for 'Exploiting' SEAL's Widow
Echoing the sentiments of Michael Moore and Bill Maher, Sunny Hostin argued on "The View" today that President Trump exploited the widow of a fallen Navy SEAL for political gain.
In his address to Congress last night, Trump saluted Carryn Owens, the widow of William "Ryan" Owens, who died in a U.S. Special Ops raid in Yemen last month.
"I thought that was so exploitative. I thought he exploited that widow. It was so hurtful to me," said Hostin, whose brother was injured serving overseas.
She argued that President Obama declined to approve the ground operation and blasted Trump for approving the raid while he was at dinner and for reportedly sending a tweet during the raid.
"So when I look at that, I think, ‘My god, how do you exploit the woman who is grieving over the loss of her husband, the father of her children, when you sent him there without the appropriate ground support?’ That was wrong!" she said.
On the contrary, liberal CNN commentator Van Jones praised Trump for the solemn tribute, saying he "became President of the United States" in that moment.
Speaking to "Fox & Friends" yesterday, Trump said the mission "started before I got here" and he appeared to suggest that military commanders were to blame.
The mission, which resulted in civilian casualties as well, has been controversial in recent weeks, with Owens' father openly criticizing the president for launching the raid and demanding an investigation.
Some reports after the raid characterized the mission as "failed," with one senior military official saying "almost everything went wrong." Trump has touted the valuable intelligence that was uncovered in the raid, but that has been disputed by U.S. officials.
On "America's Newsroom," Republican Alex Conant called the criticism another example of "Trump derangement syndrome," with liberals putting partisanship ahead of patriotism.
Democrat David Goodfriend said all presidents use these speeches as "political theater," and he believes it's "disgusting" when soldiers' deaths are used for political gain by any party.
Watch the "View" discussion above and the conversation on "America's Newsroom" below.