Dem lawmaker: Navy SEAL might be alive if Trump spent less time attacking media

February 26, 2017
In The News

Rep. Ted Lieu (D-Calif.) on Sunday blasted President Trump for his Twitter attacks of news outlets, saying if the president spent more time focused on his intelligence briefings, Navy SEAL William "Ryan" Owens might still be alive.

Owens was killed last month during a raid on al Qaeda in the Arabian Peninsula (AQAP). U.S. Central Command said it killed 14 AQAP operatives, but reports following the raid also said up to 30 civilians may have been killed as a result of the mission.

"Note to @realDonaldTrump: Perhaps if you focused less on @nytimes and more on intelligence reports, SEAL Owens wouldn't be dead right now," Lieu tweeted Sunday afternoon.

"I & others requested answers about #Yemen raid & death of SEAL Owens. @POTUS is stonewalling. What did Trump know?" Lieu continued in another tweet.

Note to @realDonaldTrump: Perhaps if you focused less on @nytimes and more on intelligence reports, SEAL Owens wouldn't be dead right now. https://twitter.com/realDonaldTrump/status/835817351178301440 …

— Ted Lieu (@tedlieu) 12:44 PM - 26 Feb 2017

I & others requested answers about #Yemen raid & death of SEAL Owens. @POTUS is stonewalling. What did Trump know? https://www.google.com/amp/thehill.com/policy/defense/317640-dems-ask-for-briefing-on-deadly-yemen-raid%3Famp …

— Ted Lieu (@tedlieu) 12:47 PM - 26 Feb 2017

Owens' father this week also requested an investigation of his son's death.

“Don’t hide behind my son’s death to prevent an investigation,” he told the Miami Herald, referencing President Trump’s response to those who have criticized the mission. 

“I want an investigation. … The government owes my son an investigation,” Bill Owens said.