The Yemen raid, which ultimately took the life of Navy SEAL Ryan Owens, happened on January 28, just six days after President Trump was inaugurated.
Sara Huckabee Sanders, principal White House deputy secretary, in an interview on ABC New's Sunday, acknowledged that a decision had not been made about a probe, which was requested by the SEAL's father, Bill Owens, in an interview published Sunday in the Miami Herald.
The Miami Heraldreported that Owens, a military veteran, "cringed at the thought of having to shake the hand of the president who approved the raid in Yemen that claimed his son's life - an operation that he and others are now calling into question". In addition to Owens' death, three other United States soldiers were injured in Yemen during the first anti-terrorist operation approved by the Trump, and then the Pentagon itself recognized that some civilians were killed in the attack.
But Owens told the chaplain he didn't want to see the commander-in-chief.
'Don't hide behind my son's death to prevent an investigation, ' he stated.
Trump and White House aides have hailed the operation as a success, saying despite the loss of life it garnered important intelligence information. 'I told them I don't want to meet the President'. Senator John McCain later said the mission was created to capture or kill militants, which the Pentagon has not disputed, though it has declined to name the targets. "For two years prior. everything was missiles and drones (in Yemen).Now all of a sudden we had to make this grand display?".
But reports following the raid also said up to 30 civilians may have been killed as a result of the mission. "Future attacks will be prevented".
The report, based on interviews with senior U.S. officials, seems to contradict White House statements that the January raid was a success.
Owens insists that the raid went down too soon into Donald Trump's presidency, even though it had been planned for months during the Obama administration. "Why?" Owens told the newspaper.
At a news briefing this month, White House press secretary Sean Spicer repeatedly called the raid "a huge success" and said that anyone who said otherwise does "a disservice" to the Navy SEAL who lost his life in the hostilities. The White House says the raid was planned during the Obama administration, but the former president's aides have said he hadn't given the go-ahead because it would have been an escalation of USA involvement in the war-torn and destitute Arab country.
"I want an investigation", Owens father, William Owens, told the Miami Herald.
"Chief Petty Officer Owens is an American hero who made the ultimate sacrifice in the service of his country", White House spokesman Michael Short said in a statement.