NAVY SEAL WHO SHOT BIN LADEN SLAMS TRUMP’S CONSPIRACY THEORY
A former Navy Seal famous for his role in the killing of Osama bin Laden has criticized us President Donald Trump for promoting a conspiracy theory that the former Taliban leader is still alive and a body double was shot, Ewan Palmer wrote for Newsweek.
Robert O'Neill, who claims to be the one who actually shot and killed Bin Laden during the raid in 2011, posted a series of tweets attacking the president and those who believe the claim. "Very brave men said good bye to their kids to go kill Osama bin Laden. We were given the order by President Obama," O'Neill tweeted. "It was not a body double. Thank you Mr. President." In a follow-up joke, he added: "S**t. I just found out that I killed Osama bin Johnson. Drinks are on me, I guess..." In a response to one account, O'Neil wrote: "I know who I killed, homie. Every time."
On Tuesday, Trump retweeted a post from a since suspended account that suggested former President Barack Obama and his Vice President Joe Biden colluded to stage the killing of the 9/11 mastermind with Iran. "Hiden Biden and Obama may have had Seal Team 6 killed! EXPLOSIVE: CIA Whistleblower Exposes Biden's Alleged Role with the Deaths of Seal Team- Claims to have Documented Proof. RETWEET!!!" the tweet read.
The conspiracy theory, which was pushed by QAnon supporters, claims Bin Laden's body double was actually killed in the raid and that Biden then ordered a Navy Seal helicopter be shot down in order to stop the "truth" from coming out. As noted by The Daily Beast, Trump's retweet of the outlandish claims marks "what is perhaps the president's strangest brush yet with far-right conspiracy theories."
Trump also retweeted another video claiming, without evidence, that "three former CIA Directors involved in keeping bin Laden alive in Iran, moved him from Iran to Pakistan for Obama's trophy kill." The White House has been contacted for comment.