Will McRaven, a retired Navy admiral, just gave the President something serious to think about when he fought back against Trump's remark about how the media is now the “enemy of the American people.”
While speaking at an event at the University of Texas, Austin, he talking about how necessary the media was, and that their role was to hold those in power to be accountable.
According to The Daily Texan, McRaven said, “We must challenge this statement and this sentiment that the news media is the enemy of the American people. This sentiment may be the greatest threat to democracy in my lifetime.”
Trump obviously thinks otherwise, judging by his tweet from last week that read, “The FAKE NEWS media (failing @nytimes, @NBCNews, @ABC, @CBS, @CNN) is not my enemy, it is the enemy of the American People!”
— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) February 17, 2017
McRaven, a decorated military man who not only advised former Presidents George W. Bush and Barack Obama, but also ran the mission that killed Osama bin Laden, is no stranger to opposing Trump's nonsense. When Trump pushed his ridiculous immigration order, McRaven released a statement saying:
“I believe that the talent, energy, and ideas flowing into the United States of America — and to UT System institutions — from countries around the world are among our greatest strengths. The men and women who show up at our shores and our doors — ready to study, work, and participate — make us stronger, smarter, more competitive, and more attuned to the rest of the globe.”
Can we get the aptly named “Mad Dog Mattis” out of there and place this more level headed man in there instead?
H/T: The Daily Texan