US Senator McCain 'Emboldens Enemy' by Questioning Raid in Yemen

The White House characterized Sunday's deadly raid in Yemen that likely killed civilians as "a very, very well thought out and executed effort".

- Meghan McCain (@MeghanMcCain) February 9, 2017@MeghanMcCain it's dishonorable to call a mission a failure because someone died.

John McCain targeted the Trump Administration earlier this week calling the recent raid of a safe house in Yemen unsuccessful.

The rub for Trump here: Gorsuch spokesman Ron Bonjean and one of Gorsuch's Senate sherpas, former Sen. During the presidential campaign, Trump called McCain a "loser" and not a war hero for being captured by the North Vietnamese after his Navy dive bomber was shot down in 1967.

Tapper added that this is the president's MO - anyone who criticizes or challenges him must be attacked.

On Feb. 7, McCain criticized the January 29 military raid on Yemen that Trump authorized, reports the Daily Mail. Yemen's government reacted by pulling permission for the US military to conduct ground operations on its territory. A Navy SEAL was also killed in the raid, and six US soldiers were wounded.

Numerous reports have claimed that the raid was undertook with inadequate preparation, and that the target of the raid, the leader of al-Qaeda in the Arabian Peninsula escaped.

"...long he doesn't know how to win anymore, just look at the mess our country is in - bogged down in conflict all over the place".

How the fallout from the operation will affect relations between the USA and Yemen is unclear.

Again calling the raid a "huge success", the press secretary said the information gleaned from the raid would save United States lives and prevent attacks.

The New York Times reported Tuesday that Yemen had withdrawn permission for the U.S.to run special counter-terrorism operations.

Trump also took aim at Sen.

"It's absolutely a success, and I think anyone who would suggest it's not a success does disservice to the life of Chief Ryan Owens", White House Press Secretary Sean Spicer said after McCain's comments.

"The life of Chief Ryan Owens was done in service to his country and we owe him and his family a great debt for the information we received during that raid", Spicer said.

McCain stepped in earlier this month after a contentious phonecall to Australia's Prime Minister which Trump abruptly ended, and after which he tweeted an attack on the "illegal immigrants" that the US has agreed to take under an agreement with the Aussies.

McCain also said that "We must continue to take the fight to our enemies wherever they are while recognizing that risk is inherent in war".

"When you lose a $75 million airplane and, more importantly, an American life is lost ..."