During a press briefing Monday, White House Press Secretary Sean Spicer was asked to responded to criticism made by Ryan Owen’s father, who called for a deeper investigation into his son’s death.
“There will be three reviews done by the Department of Defense because of the nature of this,” Spicer said, noting that reviews have been triggered by the loss of American life and civilian life as well as the damage to an American helicopter.
He went on to add:
“I can’t possibly imagine what he’s going through in terms of the loss of a son. I can tell him that on behalf of the president, his son died a hero, and the info that he was able to help obtain through that raid, as I’ve said before, is going to save American lives. The mission was successful in helping to prevent a future attack or attacks on this nation.”
Sean Spicer responds to the father of slain SEAL William “Ryan” Owens. Bill Owens wants a Yemen raid investigation. https://t.co/3gTsB1E9xt
— Bradd Jaffy (@BraddJaffy) February 27, 2017
Owen’s father expressed his thoughts on the “stupid” mission that got his son killed. During an interview with The Miami Herald, Owens asked:
“Why at this time did there have to be this stupid mission when it wasn’t even barely a week into his administration?”
“For two years prior, there were no boots on the ground in Yemen — everything was missiles and drones — because there was not a target worth one American life. Now, all of a sudden we had to make this grand display?’’
Spicer had responded to critics about the raid earlier this month, stating that “anyone who would suggest it’s not a success does disservice to the life of Chief Ryan Owens.”
Spicer received criticism from Senate Armed Services Chairman John McCain (R-Ariz.), who said that he can’t call “any operation that results in the loss of American life a success.”