At least 23 civilians, including a new-born, reportedly died after a US military raid in Yemen on 29 January.
According to the charity Reprieve, a Yemeni delegation to the UN said that it was forced to create a counselling centre for children because of the trauma caused by US drone attacks.
Donald Trump's administration called the mission, which targeted al Qaeda, a “success”. This is despite the fact that 38-year-old Qassim al-Rimi, leader of the terror group and the third most dangerous terrorist in the world, escaped.
Sean Spicer denied that al-Rimi had been the target, calling the raid “intelligence gathering”.
Republican Senator John McCain, who chairs the Senate Armed Services committee, heaped nothing but criticism on the operation.
He told NBC News:
When you lose a $75 million airplane and, more importantly, an American life is lost… I don’t believe you can call it a success.
Spicer swiftly responded in a press conference:
Anyone who undermines the success of that raid owes an apology and a disservice to Chief Ryan Owens [who was killed during the raid].
In true Donald Trump form, the president took to Twitter and condemned the senator for talking to the press about a military operation:
Except he sort of did the exact same thing on Twitter only three months ago.