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Trump Dines With Navy SEAL Who Killed Bin Laden (Photos)

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Rob O'Neill, the former Navy SEAL who killed Osama bin Laden, visited President Donald Trump's house in the nation's capital for dinner on Oct. 10.

"[President Trump] is a great host," O'Neill wrote on Twitter, adding that he and his wife, Jessica, had "a nice dinner" at the White House.

The national hero, who retired from the military in 2012 and has been in the public eye since he identified himself as bin Laden's killer during a 2014 Fox News interview, is a conservative and supported Trump's 2016 campaign, notes the Daily Mail.

Unlike many of Trump's high-profile supporters, the 41-year-old soldier-turned Fox News contributor has had nothing but kind words for former President Barack Obama, who oversaw the operation to kill bin Laden as well as another high-profile mission O'Neill was a part of -- to rescue Captain Phillips from Somali pirates in 2009, as dramatized in the Tom Hanks film, "Captain Phillips."

"[Obama] made the right call with Captain Phillips and he made the right call with bin Laden," O'Neill told The Sunday Times in 2015, according to the Daily Mail. "The two times I've been directly associated with a decision that he made, he made the right call."

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It is not known what O'Neill and Trump discussed, although, like Trump, the newlywed veteran has been slamming football players and others who kneel during the national anthem to protest police brutality and tweeted about it the day after the dinner.

"When you disrespect The Flag, you're on the wrong side of history," he wrote. "Our differences allow us to build."

During a Sept. 24 Fox News appearance, O'Neill said that as a veteran he found the protests "insulting."

"I see the flag, I think of Iwo Jima, I think of Normandy," he explained. "People don't understand what's going on. … Colin Kaepernick: Where's he playing today? Oh, that's right: he doesn't have a job."

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O'Neill conceded that as a "white kid from Montana" he never faced racial discrimination but suggested that the athletes protest in a way that doesn't involve the anthem.

Regardless of his political views, the decorated veteran has inspired many with his humble beginnings and rise to glory.

"That's an American story about never quitting," he told the Sioux City Journal in September while discussing his best-selling memoir, "The Operator." "It doesn't matter where you are from or what you look like, you can do anything you want as long as you avoid negativity and never quit."

Sources: Robert J. O'Neill/Twitter (2), Daily Mail, Sioux City Journal, Fox News / Featured Image: Michael Vadon/Flickr / Embedded Images: Robert J. O'Neill/Twitter (2)

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