Retired Gen. McChrystal: Trump criticism of McRaven 'simply wrong' and 'uninformed'

Retired Gen. Stanley McChrystal slammed President TrumpDonald John TrumpTrump mocks wind power: 'When the wind doesn't blow, just turn off the television' Pentagon investigator probing whether acting chief boosted former employer Boeing Trump blasts McCain, bemoans not getting 'thank you' for funeral MORE on Monday for his criticism of retired Adm. William McRaven, the leader of the 2011 mission that killed Osama bin Laden.

“The president is simply wrong. He’s uninformed and he is pushing an idea that I think is not helpful,” McChrystal, who led U.S. forces in Afghanistan from 2009 to 2010, said on CNN.

McChrystal said he believes Trump’s comments that the U.S. should have hunted down bin Laden sooner are “symptomatic of a crisis in leadership we have in the nation today.”

"I don’t think personal attacks on anyone is warranted," he added.

Trump lashed out at McRaven in an interview broadcast Sunday, deriding him as a "Hillary ClintonHillary Diane Rodham ClintonTrump mocks wind power: 'When the wind doesn't blow, just turn off the television' Trump's approval rating stable at 45 percent Kellyanne Conway: 'I think my gender helps me with the president' MORE fan" and questioning why the U.S. did not hunt down bin Laden sooner. The president doubled down on his criticism on Monday and took additional aim at Pakistan for not alerting the U.S. to bin Laden's whereabouts.


Lawmakers and former military officials pushed back against Trump's criticism, and McRaven said in a statement he stands by his remarks that the president's treatment of the press is a grave threat to democracy.

McChrystal on Monday suggested that the military’s culture of unity is strong enough that morale is not affected by the Trump's remarks.

"I think there’s a certain honesty to what’s happening now," he said. "The president didn’t go to Arlington Cemetery for Veterans Day, and maybe that’s honest because if you really don’t care it would be dishonest to pretend that you do."