When talking about the Navy SEAL who died on the mission in Yemen on Monday, White House Press Secretary Spicer said William “Ryan” Owens knew the dangers of the job when he agreed to the fatal mission.
Owen’s grieving father called for an investigation over the weekend, suggesting his son died because President Donald Trump was not prepared when gave the mission a go, only days after taking office.
Spicer claimed that the mission was successful on Monday because it achieved its mission.
“As I mentioned before, I think you can’t ever say that when there’s most importantly loss of life, and people injured, that it’s 100 percent successful,” Spicer said. “But I think when you look at what the stated goal of that mission was, it was an information and intelligence-gathering mission. It achieved its objectives.”
“So, again, I would express our thoughts and our prayers and our condolences to all of the people in Chief Owens’ family and his friends,” Spicer added. “But it’s something that as a SEAL and as somebody who deployed 12 times, he knew that this was part of the job and he knew what he was doing.”
“And so we’re very comfortable with how the mission was executed.”