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

Sen. Marco RubioMarco Antonio RubioOvernight Defense & National Security — US tries to deter Russian invasion of Ukraine Senate eyes plan B amid defense bill standoff To counter China, the Senate must confirm US ambassadors MORE (R-Fla.) on Monday praised retired Adm. William McRaven for his service after President TrumpDonald TrumpGOP grapples with chaotic Senate primary in Pennsylvania ​​Trump social media startup receives commitment of billion from unidentified 'diverse group' of investors Iran thinks it has the upper hand in Vienna — here's why it doesn't MORE derided the ex-military commander as a "Hillary ClintonHillary Diane Rodham ClintonRepublican Ohio Senate candidate slams JD Vance over previous Trump comments Budowsky: Why GOP donors flock to Manchin and Sinema Countering the ongoing Republican delusion 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."