COMMANDER OF BIN LADEN RAID: TRUMP’S VIEWS TOWARDS MEDIA “MAY BE THE GREATEST THREAT TO DEMOCRACY"

Retired Adm. William McRaven, who led the Joint Special Operations Command before becoming University of Texas System Chancellor, condemned President Donald Trump’s repeated attacks on the news media and the press during a speech Tuesday.

“The president said the news media is the enemy of the American people,” McRaven said in comments at the inaugural event of the Communication and Leadership Speaker Series at the University of Texas. “This sentiment may be the greatest threat to democracy in my lifetime.”

Retired Adm. William McRaven, led the Joint Special Operations Command

McRaven’s remarks were first reported by the Austin American-Statesman and confirmed to Yahoo News by the University of Texas’ external relations office.

The comments from McRaven, who is a University of Texas at Austin journalism alumnus, came days after a tweet posted by Trump in which the president denounced “The FAKE NEWS media” — citing The New York Times, NBC, ABC, CBS, and CNN specifically — as “the enemy of the American people.”

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