Retired admiral who oversaw bin Laden raid defends McChrystal after Trump attack

Retired Adm. William McRaven on Tuesday defended retired Gen. Stanley McChrystal after his former colleague was the target of a critical tweet from President TrumpDonald John TrumpDems want tougher language on election security in defense bill Five aides to Van Drew resign ahead of his formal switch to GOP The myth of the conservative bestseller MORE, saying that "no general I know has given more in the service of this country."

In a statement to CNN, McRaven praised McChrystal as "one of the great generals of this generation and the finest officer I ever served with" after Trump blasted the general as a "Hillary lover" with a "big, dumb mouth."

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"He is a deep strategic thinker, tactically brilliant, with unparalleled personal courage," McRaven told CNN of McChrystal. "His leadership of special operations forces in Iraq and Afghanistan unquestionably saved the lives of thousands of American and allied troops, as well as countless civilians. No general I know has given more in the service of this country."

The president singled out McChrystal for criticism on Tuesday after the former leader of U.S. operations in Afghanistan called the president "immoral" and said he would not work for his administration if asked.

"It’s important for me to work for people who I think are basically honest, who tell the truth as best they know it," McChrystal said.

"I don’t think he tells the truth," he added.

McChrystal came to McRaven's defense in November after the president derided McRaven as a "Hillary ClintonHillary Diane Rodham ClintonOlympic figure skater Michelle Kwan makes Iowa appearances for Biden The Memo: 2020 Democratic tensions burst to surface The 'Green' new deal that Tom Perez needs to make MORE fan," and criticized how long it took to kill Osama bin Laden. McRaven, who oversaw the mission that took down bin Laden, has expressed concern about Trump's treatment of the press.

McChrystal called the president's comments about McRaven "simply wrong" and "uninformed." The retired four-star Army general, who resigned in 2010 after critical remarks he made about then-Vice President Joe BidenJoe BidenBiden, Sanders lead Democratic field: poll Schumer asks McConnell for Mulvaney, Bolton to testify in impeachment trial Nadler: Giuliani trip to Ukraine shows 'crime in progress' is being committed against American democracy MORE and other civilian leaders were published in Rolling Stone, has spoken out against the president's rhetoric and policies in recent months.