During a news brief on Wednesday, White House press secretary Sean Spicer took an extraordinary position, saying anyone who questioned the success of the raid in Yemen that led to the death of a Navy SEAL was doing a disservice to the SEAL’s memory and should apologize. The target was Senator John McCain (R-Ariz.).
Then NBC News tracked down McCain to get his response to Spicer. And it was something.
“Many years ago when I was imprisoned in North Vietnam, there was an attempt to rescue the POWs,” McCain began, mentioning details of his biography that everyone knows but McCain included for emphasis.
The Arizona Senator continued:
“Unfortunately, the prison had been evacuated. But the brave men who took on that mission and risked their lives in an effort to rescue us prisoners of war were genuine American heroes. Because the mission failed did not in any way diminish their courage and willingness to help their fellow Americans who were held captive. Mr. Spicer should know that story,” he added before turning around and walk away.
Watch the back-and-forth between Spicer and McCain in the video below:
John McCain vs. Sean Spicer. Watch. pic.twitter.com/pEjg8H4Frc
— Bradd Jaffy (@BraddJaffy) February 9, 2017