Robert O'Neill, the former Navy SEAL credited with killing Osama bin Laden, the terrorist mastermind behind the 9/11 attacks, said that the biggest threat to America comes not from outside but from internal strife and division.
"My biggest concern is the division in this country," O’Neill told the outlet. "Most people are good to each other. But the anger and the division gets the ratings, and that’s what people hear. A lot of people know if they keep people divided they can stay in power and it’s wrong."
"We can disagree with each other but we're on the same team when it all comes down to it," O'Neill added.
O'Neill was part of the 2011 raid in Pakistan targeting the Al-Qaeda leader and says he was the one who fired the fatal shot.
In a separate interview with CBS News, O'Neill recounted the daring mission that left bin Laden dead.
"When I turned the corner, I saw Osama bin Laden standing there," he said, adding that he thought the Al-Qaeda leader may have been preparing to detonate an explosive.
O'Neill said the mission to get bin Laden was a testament to the ability of people holding different political views to join forces to counter threats against the homeland.
"We proved that we can work together," he said, adding that he hopes events like the anniversary of 9/11 are seized as an opportunity by both the right and the left to bridge divisions in the pursuit of common objectives.
"When all is said and done, we're all Americans and we should be on the same team," he said.
Biden, who on Saturday was set to visit three sites attacked on 9/11, added in the video that “unity makes us who we are” and called for people to “have a fundamental respect and faith in each other and in this nation.”
Former President Donald Trump, meanwhile, told Fox News that he planned to visit Ground Zero in New York City on Saturday to mark the 20th anniversary of the attacks.