Trump Goes After McCain After He Says Yemen Raid Wasn't a 'Success'

This isn't the first time Trump has been critical of McCain.

McCain, the head of the Senate Armed Services Committee, told NBC on Wednesday that when a mission leads to the loss of life, "I don't believe you can call it a success."

"My understanding of the parameters of the raid were that they wanted to capture individuals, and obviously they didn't want to kill children or women,” McCain said.

Spicer called the raid a "huge success," though he said in a press briefing on Feb. 2 that "it's hard to ever say something was successful when you lose a life."

His defense didn't stop Trump from slamming McCain in a series of tweets this morning.

"Sen. McCain should not be talking about the success or failure of a mission to the media. Only emboldens the enemy! He's been losing so long he doesn't know how to win anymore, just look at the mess our country is in - bogged down in conflict all over the place. Our hero Ryan died on a winning mission (according to General Mattis), not a 'failure.' Time for the U.S. to get smart and start winning again!" Trump wrote.

Editor's note: An earlier version of this story misstated the number of civilian deaths in the raid. Reprieve says it has accounted for 23 civilian deaths.

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