The White House released photographs of an apathetic Donald Trump watching the U.S. raid that murdered Islamic State leader Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi unfold after the president’s Sunday reported about the operation.
Trump said on Sunday that he watched as U.S. forces cornered al-Baghdadi in a dead-end tunnel, where the ISIS terrorist exploded a vest he was wearing, killing himself and several others. No U.S. forces were lost, Trump added.
“The U.S. personnel were incredible,” Trump told. “I got to watch a bunch of it.”
Trump added that his viewpoint from the Situation Room was “as though you were watching a movie.”
Trump detailed al-Baghdadi running in the tunnel, “whimpering and crying and screaming all the way.” Trump continued that al-Baghdadi “died like a dog.”
Trump also recommended that the footage of al-Baghdadi’s death should be disclosed so that his followers can see how he died.
“Washington leaks like I’ve never seen before,” Trump replied to the reporters at the White House on Sunday.
“There’s no country in the world that leaks as we do. And Washington is a leaking machine.”
In his replies to reporters, Trump told that he concealed information about the raid from most Congress members until American forces were out of harm’s way because he didn’t want them to be “greeted with firepower like you wouldn’t believe.”
A leak could have caused the death of all of them,” he said.
Only a handful of people knew details of the mission, They included Secretary of State Mike Pompeo, Defense Secretary Mark Esper, National Security Adviser Robert O’Brien, Gen. Mark Milley and other members of the Joint Chiefs of Staff.
“The only people who knew were the few that I dealt with,” Trump said.
Trump told that he informed Sen. Richard Burr, R-N.C., chairman of the Senate Intelligence Committee, of the raid before making the announcement on Sunday. He said he also spoke to Sen. Lindsey Graham, R-S.C., just before his televised address.
ISIS is a depraved organization,” Graham said. “They’re religious Nazis. It cannot be accommodated. It cannot be negotiated with. They have to be destroyed and marginalized.”
Twitter users compared the White House photos snapped during the operation that killed Osama bin Laden in the year 2011, ordered by former U.S President Barack Obama.
One historic photograph taken during that attack was snapped by then-White House photographer Pete Souza.
It includes Obama, former Vice President Joe Biden and former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton with other members of the national security team.
During his Official Declaration, Trump advised that al-Baghdadi’s death was more essential than that of bin Laden.
“[Son of Osama bin Laden] Hamza bin Laden was a big thing, but this is the biggest there is. This is the worst ever. Osama bin Laden was very big but Osama bin Laden became big with the World Trade Center,” Trump added. “This is a man who built a whole, as he would like to call it, a country, a caliphate. And was trying to do it again.”
In 2012 Trump frequently tweeted that Obama should not be given credit for the operation against bin Laden.