Rubio praises McRaven after Trump criticism: ‘Few Americans have sacrificed or risked more’

Sen. Marco RubioMarco Antonio RubioApple under pressure to unlock Pensacola shooter's phones Senators offer bill to create alternatives to Huawei in 5G tech Surging Sanders draws fresh scrutiny ahead of debate MORE (R-Fla.) on Monday praised retired Adm. William McRaven for his service after President TrumpDonald John TrumpTrump says US has coronavirus 'totally under control' Senate Republicans muscle through rules for Trump trial Collins breaks with GOP on attempt to change impeachment rules resolution MORE derided the ex-military commander as a "Hillary ClintonHillary Diane Rodham ClintonSanders holds four-point lead on Biden in new California poll Gabbard knocks Clinton's jab at Sanders: 'This isn't high school' Hill.TV's Krystal Ball rips op-ed comparing Sanders supporters to those of Trump MORE fan" and suggested his forces could have killed Osama bin Laden sooner.

"I don’t know if Adm. William McRaven shares my political views or not. But I do know that few Americans have sacrificed or risked more than he has to protect America & the freedoms we enjoy," Rubio wrote on Twitter.

"His military career exemplified honor & excellence," he added. "I am grateful for his service."

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In an interview that aired on "Fox News Sunday," Trump dismissed McRaven as a "Hillary Clinton fan" and an "Obama-backer" and suggested the U.S. took too long to hunt down bin Laden after anchor Chris Wallace noted that the retired admiral has called the president's rhetoric toward the media "the greatest threat to democracy in my lifetime."

"Wouldn’t it have been nice if we got Osama bin Laden a lot sooner than that, wouldn’t it have been nice?" Trump asked.

"You’re not even going to give them credit for taking down bin Laden?" Wallace responded.

McRaven, who oversaw the 2011 operation that killed bin Laden, doubled down on his criticism in response.

"I stand by my comment that the president's attack on the media is the greatest threat to our democracy in my lifetime," he told CNN. "When you undermine the people's right to a free press and freedom of speech and expression, then you threaten the Constitution and all for which it stands."