The comments, which the president made in an interview with Chris Wallace on "Fox News Sunday", represent the latest point of tension between Trump and a group of retired general officers who have criticized the commander-in-chief publicly for his handling of national security and military matters.
President Donald Trump derided retired Adm. William H. McRaven as a "Hillary Clinton fan" and an "Obama backer" and suggested that the former head of U.S. Special Operations Command should have apprehended Osama bin Laden faster.
On Sunday, about three months later, Trump fired back at the retired admiral when Wallace brought him up in the interview. In January, US President Donald Trump suspended most of military aid to Pakistan, accusing Islamabad of allowing the Taliban to use its territory for attacks in Afghanistan. "Well, I think you will see that happen".
He was referring to the big house bin Laden had lived in in Abbottabad where he was killed in a raid by US SEALs in 2011. "Everybody in Pakistan knew [bin Laden] was there", Trump said.
"You're not even going to give them credit ... for taking down bin Laden?" he asked.
"What I would say in terms of my reaction is we can never become immune to this kind of narrative, to this kind of jackassery", Hertling declared.
USA president Donald Trump on Sunday defended his administration's decision to cut aid to Pakistan saying the latter doesn't do "a damn thing for us" despite receiving a billions of dollars from America.
"I am a fan of President Obama and President George W. Bush, both of whom I worked for", he continued.
"But living in Pakistan right next to the military academy, everybody in Pakistan knew he was there", he added.
Wallace had brought up McRaven's media comments as he discussed Trump's penchant to call reporters the "enemy of the people" and label negative news reports about his administration "fake news".
'The news about me is largely phony, ' Trump said in response.
"When you undermine the people's right to free press and freedom of speech and expression, then you threaten the Constitution and all for which it stands", McRaven said.