White House Calls Yemen Raid a 'Huge Success'; Criticism a 'Disservice' to Fallen Navy SEAL

Sean Spicer's comments clashed with a statement from Sen. John McCain

— -- The Trump administration's top spokesperson called a raid in Yemen that resulted in the death of one Navy SEAL and the likely deaths of civilians a "huge success," and rebuked any criticism of the operation as a "disservice" to the fallen SEAL.

"The life of Chief Ryan Owens was done in service to this country and we owe him and his family a great debt for the information that we received during that raid – I think any suggestion otherwise is a disservice to his courageous life and the actions that he took."

Spicer's defense given today of the Yemen raid also slightly differed from his assessment last week.

"I think, it's hard to ever say something was successful when you lose a life," Spicer said then.

Yesterday, McCain told reporters the mission was a “failure” and said the Senate deserves answers about what happened in order to prevent future mistakes.

“Every military operation has objectives," Sen. McCain said in a follow-up statement yesterday. "And while many of the objectives of the recent raid in Yemen were met, I would not describe any operation that results in the loss of American life as a success.”

But a U.S. Central Command spokesperson told ABC News that “nothing has changed” and they have not been “directed by anyone to stop conducting or planning operations in Yemen.”

According to the Associated Press, Yemen's foreign minister denied reports that his government has suspended U.S. ground operations, but said Yemen has asked for a "reassessment" of the raid.

During the press briefing at the White House today, Spicer said the U.S. is in touch with Yemen's government and that he would have more information on the situation later.

ABC News' Luis Martinez, Ali Rogin and Jordyn Phelps contributed to this report.