In the first highly publicized military act of the Donald Trump administration, the United States military conducted a raid in Yemen that resulted in the deaths of 14 al-Qaeda members. However, close to 30 civilians also lost their lives, as well as member of the Navy SEALS.

Spicer on SEALS

U.S. Navy Seal William Ryan Owens died last month during a botched mission in Yemen. The death was the first to land at the feet of President Donald Trump, much to the chagrin of the family and the president's critics. In response, the White House declared the mission a "success," despite the fact that a American solider was killed.

While speaking to the Miami Herald over the weekend, Bill Owens, the father of the solider in question, referred to the mission as "stupid," and questioned the timing and why Trump would follow through with the raid in the first place. As reported on February 27, White House Press Secretary Sean Spicer addressed the issue, but did so in a way that left many uncomfortable.

While speaking to reporters at the White House on Tuesday afternoon, Sean Spicer attempted to defend the Yemen raid. "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 noted, but explained that with according to the goals at hand, the mission "achieved its objectives.” Not stopping there, Spicer offered his condolences to the Owens family, but then put the blame of death on the solider himself.

"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," Sean Spicer said.

In regards to the mission itself, Spicer said Donald Trump and the administration are "very comfortable" with the results.

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