Former Admiral William McRaven Leaves Pentagon Advisory Role

David Krayden | Ottawa Bureau Chief

The former admiral behind the celebrated military operation that killed terrorist leader Osama bin Laden reportedly left his defense advisory role after criticizing President Donald Trump.

As Fox News reports, William McRaven left the Defense Innovation Board (DIB) on Aug. 20, not long after he wrote a Washington Post op ed arguing that Trump should not have revoked the security clearance of  former CIA Director John Brennan because the action “embarrassed us in the eyes of our children, humiliated us on the world stage and, worst of all, divided us as a nation.”

The piece appeared under the headline, “Revoke my security clearance, too, Mr. President.” (RELATED: Navy Admiral Calls On Trump: Revoke My Security Clearance Too”)

Brennan lost his security clearance when the president decided the former CIA director was becoming politically involved in the ongoing investigation into how Russia may have tampered with the 2016 U.S. elections.

The DIB is a Pentagon advisory board promulgated by Obama Secretary of Defense Ash Carter. Some former high-ranking military officials serve on the board, but non-military technocrats comprise most of it membership.

That membership usual backs Democratic candidates, according to DefenseNews.

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