In a recent interview on Fox News, President Donald Trump made a number of controversial statements regarding former SOCOM Commander, retired Admiral William McRaven, referring to him as a “Hillary Clinton fan” and seemingly insinuating that McRaven could have killed the terrorist leader sooner.

“OK, he’s a Hilary Clinton backer and an Obama backer and frankly –” Trump said, “Would it have been nicer if we got Osama Bin Laden a lot sooner than that, wouldn’t it been nice? Living — think of this, living in Pakistan, beautifully in Pakistan and what I guess in what they considered a nice mansion, I don’t know, I’ve seen nicer.”

McRaven, who was credited with planning and overseeing the raid that killed Bin Laden, hasn’t minced words about his position regarding President Trump either, calling Trump’s recent attacks on the media “perhaps the greatest threat to democracy in my lifetime.” However, despite the president’s assertion that McRaven’s statements were based on his Left-leaning political ideologies, McRaven and others have since pointed out that the four-star admiral served under and supported presidents from both parties.

“I did not back Hillary Clinton or anyone else,” McRaven said of the 2016 presidential election. “I am a fan of President Obama and President George W. Bush, both of whom I worked for. I admire all presidents, regardless of their political party, who uphold the dignity of the office and who use that office to bring the nation together in challenging times.”

“I stand by my comment that the President’s attack on the media is the greatest threat to our democracy in my lifetime,” McRaven went on.

Former acting director of the CIA, Michael Morell also came to McRaven’s aid following the president’s interview, rightfully pointing out that it was the CIA, not SOCOM, that was responsible for finding Bin Laden.