The daddy of a US Navy Seal killed in a raid on a suspected al-Qaeda compound in Yemen final month has stated that he refused to satisfy US President Donald Trump when his son’s physique arrived residence.
“I am sorry, I do not wish to see him,” he stated he advised a chaplain on the time.
The raid on 28 January was the primary such operation authorised by Mr Trump.
Invoice Owens, whose son William “Ryan” Owens was killed, told the Miami Herald that “the federal government owes my son an investigation”.
“Why at the moment did there should be this silly mission when it wasn’t even barely every week into his administration? Why?” he stated in an interview with the newspaper revealed on Sunday.
“For 2 years prior, there have been no boots on the bottom in Yemen – all the pieces was missiles and drones – as a result of there was not a goal value one American life. Now, rapidly we needed to make this grand show?”
The raid – permitted by President Trump simply six days after he took workplace – is believed to have killed a number of civilians, together with youngsters.
Three different People have been wounded within the raid, planning for which started beneath the Obama administration.
A report within the New York Instances alleged that the mission had been compromised early on – one thing the commandos knew from intercepted communications, the paper stated.
“They form of knew they have been screwed from the start,” it quoted a former Seal Team 6 official as saying.
However the navy disputed this, saying there was no proof the mission was compromised.
White Home spokeswomen Sarah Huckabee Sanders stated on Sunday that she believed President Trump would help an investigation.
“The mission has plenty of totally different critics, however it did yield a considerable quantity of crucial intel and sources that helped save American lives and different lives,” she stated.
Mr Owens stated he was advised that his son was killed early on in a fierce gunfight that erupted with AQAP militants.
A flag-draped casket bearing his physique was flown to Dover Air Base on 1 February for a personal ceremony. Mr Owens stated he solely discovered that President Trump and his daughter Ivanka have been on their manner when he was already there.
“I advised them I did not wish to make a scene about it, however my conscience would not let me discuss to him,” he stated.
A navy veteran, he advised the Miami Herald that Mr Trump’s comments during the presidential campaign in regards to the household of a lifeless Muslim US soldier had disturbed him.
He stated that the White Home shouldn’t “cover behind” his son’s loss of life to disregard criticism of the raid.
William “Ryan” Owens, a 36-year-old married father of three, was a member of the elite Seal Staff 6.