WHAT YOU NEED TO KNOW:
- Robert O’Neill, a former Navy SEAL who was involved in the assault operations against Osama bin Laden in 2011, rebuked President Donald Trump over accusations that the terrorist leader did not die.
- Trump promoted the baseless claims when he retweeted from an account linked to QAnon conspiracy theory.
- The president has criticized Democratic presidential candidate Joe Biden following reports about his hesitation to raid bin Laden’s residence during his vice-presidential stint.
On Tuesday, a former Navy SEAL who became popular for his participation in killing renowned terrorist Osama bin Laden during an Afghanistan operation called out President Donald Trump for promoting conspiracy theories suggesting that bin Laden’s death was a hoax.
In a series of tweets, former soldier Robert O’Neill, who proudly announced that he killed bin Laden, pushed back on Trump’s claim that it was the terrorist’s body double who died and not bin Laden.
“Very brave men said goodbye to their kids to go kill Osama bin Laden. We were given the order by President Obama. It was not a body double,” O’Neill wrote on Twitter.
Early Tuesday, the president retweeted an account associated with QAnon conspiracy theory that the terrorist leader was still alive.
The account was then suspended. Trump, however, retweeted another video on Wednesday which promoted the unsubstantive claim regarding bin Laden’s death.
Despite being a Trump supporter, O’Neill rebuked the conspiracy theory touted by the president.
“Shit. I just found out that I killed Osama bin Johnson. Drinks are on me, I guess…” he wrote sarcastically on Tuesday, adding that “I know who I killed, homie. Every time.”
O’Neill was a member of the SEAL Team Six, the team that was able to put bin Laden to death as they were able to break inside the terrorist’s compound in Abbottabad, Pakistan.
Trump has been attacking his presidential rival Democratic candidate Joe Biden over the mission as he cast doubts about the former vice president’s actions.
“No one has been more wrong, more often than Biden,” Trump tweeted last month. “He voted FOR the Iraq War, he supported the defense sequester that gutted our military, he opposed the mission to take out Osama bin Laden.”
Trump’s tirades referred to previous reports that Biden was skeptical to proceed with the raid. The issue surfaced in 2015 when Biden was planning to run for the 2016 presidency.
Former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton’s campaign and her allies harped on the fact that it was Clinton who supported Obama in ordering the execution of bin Laden. Back then, they said that Biden was unsupportive of the move.
The White House did not immediately reply to a request for comment.
Source: The Hill