President Donald Trump announced a major accomplishment today – the killing of ISIS leader Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi.
Last night, the United States brought the world’s number one terrorist leader to justice,” the president said. “Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi is dead.”
The president said he watched much of the raid from the White House Situation Room, alongside the secretary of defense and other top military and national security officials. Mr. Trump said U.S. forces engaged in a firefight and al-Baghdadi fled to a tunnel alongside three of his children. As U.S. operators and K-9 units pursued him in the tunnel, al-Baghdadi detonated a suicide vest, killing himself and the children. Mr. Trump said al-Baghdadi was “whimpering and crying and screaming all the way.”
“Baghdadi and the losers who worked for him, and losers they are, they had no idea what they were getting into. In some cases, they were very frightened puppies,” the president said. “He died like a dog. He died like a coward. The world is now a much safer place. God bless America.”
TRUMP ON AL-BAGHDADI: "He died after running into a dead end tunnel, whimpering and crying and screaming all the way." pic.twitter.com/Rz8LqixJHN
— Eddie Zipperer (@EddieZipperer) October 27, 2019
Trump praised U.S. troops and thanked others in the region who had helped in the effort. There were no human injuries on the American side, but one U.S. military dog was injured.
What a great thing to finally get Baghdadi! And this is after decimating ISIS as a state for which media has never given Trump proper credit.
People should be celebrating and most are. But then there are those who even with such an important event, can’t stop with their efforts to find some way to attack Trump on it. He could cure cancer and they would say he didn’t do it soon enough.
Seeing a lot of people taking issue with Trump saying that al-Baghdadi died like a dog, whimpering, screaming and crying….
…but I'm very much okay with it. Make it clear that he died like a cowardly chump, murdering his children alongside himself.
— Esoteric Jeff (@EsotericCD) October 27, 2019
Countdown to Dems and Journos saying killing Baghdadi helps the Russians and Trump is a double agent
— Comfortably Smug (@ComfortablySmug) October 27, 2019
Yup, they’re already there.
It’s an accomplishment by US special forces Baghdadi is dead. Full stop.
Trump will still be impeached.
— Steven Beschloss (@StevenBeschloss) October 27, 2019
it’s great that Baghdadi is gone. credit to the skill and bravery of US special forces
it’s very unlikely to influence public opinion much since
a) most Americans don’t know who he was
b) Trump has claimed over and over that he had already obliterated ISIS
— John Harwood (@JohnJHarwood) October 27, 2019
My gosh, Harwood just can’t stop digging.
He thanked the Russians before US Special Forces. https://t.co/o1erT6GQ0D
— Bill Weir (@BillWeirCNN) October 27, 2019
They just can’t leave it go, still pumping that hoax.
OK I get it now. Trump gave Syria to Assad and Putin, and they threw Trump the Baghdadi bone. https://t.co/Xof37MW1xw
— Devin Duke (@sirDukeDevin) October 27, 2019
Someone want to explain to this guy that Assad is the leader of Syria? And that Putin/Russia have been in Syria for years, with a permanent base there since 2015? Guess who was president then?
Perhaps the worst reaction was that of former Director of National Intelligence James Clapper who suggested that the killing of al-Baghdadi might “galvanize” ISIS. “What is going to be interesting is to the extent to which this negatively affects ISIS or does it galvanize ISIS, the remnants of ISIS,” he said on CNN’s State of the Union. Is he joking? No, he isn’t, he’s freaking out about what’s to come next for him in the Durham investigation. As he should.
Here’s the right way to respond.
Last night the best of America confronted the worst of mankind.
And the good guys won.
— Lindsey Graham (@LindseyGrahamSC) October 27, 2019