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 TrumpAdvisor: Sanders could beat Trump in Texas Bloomberg rips Sanders over Castro comments What coronavirus teaches us for preventing the next big bio threat 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 ClintonBiden faces do-or-die primary in South Carolina President Trump's assault on checks and balances: Five acts in four weeks Schiff blasts Trump for making 'false claims' about Russia intel: 'You've betrayed America. Again' 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 faces do-or-die primary in South Carolina Democrats view Sanders as having best shot to defeat Trump: poll Karl Rove: 'Long way to go' for Sanders to capture nomination: 'The field is splintered' MORE and other civilian leaders were published in Rolling Stone, has spoken out against the president's rhetoric and policies in recent months.