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Trump Says He Didn’t Notify Congress Of al-Baghdadi Raid Out Of Fear Of Leaks

Chris White on October 27, 2019

President Donald Trump said Sunday morning that he did not notify members of Congress ahead of the raid on Islamic State leader Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi out of fear of leaks that could put special forces in danger.

The president told members of his administration to keep the raid secret and not notify Congress that special forces killed Baghdadi on Saturday night in northern Syria. Trump said he was in the process of notifying lawmakers about the details surrounding the ISIS leader’s death.

“We notified some. Others are being notified now as I speak,” Trump said at the White House of Baghdadi’s death. “We were going to notify them last night, but we decided not to do that because Washington leaks like I’ve never seen before.”

He added: “I told my people we will not notify them until my great people are out … There were no leaks.”

Trump went on to say that “a leak could have caused the death of all of them [special forces who conducted the raid].”

Trump said he watched much of the “daring nighttime raid,” conducted by U.S. Special Operations forces, and noted that no American operators were killed, even though several of Baghdadi’s men died in the attack.

Baghdadi has been in hiding out near the border of Turkey for roughly five years, with his last appearance coming in April when he was seen in an ISIS propaganda video. Another video from 2014 appeared to show the Baghdadi speaking in Iraq.

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  • The nineteen votes that went to the question of should our president notified congress about the freakin Muslim raid shows how fu—- d our country is .

  • It would have been something like Bengazi! Had Hillary gotten word of what was going on all would have been DEAD!

  • Those of you that voted for Trump to notify the huge mouthed Democrats, you obviously place little value on the lives of our troops. I assure you if Trump had notified these walking blabber mouths the news would have been on CNN, and MSDNC within an hour.

  • Smart move on Trumps THe mission was complete and a a success. Under the admin, there were some mission disasters.

  • Schif and Pelosi are probably looking over their shoulders right now; other sites are speculating that their actions (Schift's and Pelosi's) probably led to the hiding place of Al-Bagdadi being discovered and being raided and ultimately to his death.

  • Amen! I've only been to Chicago once & that was back in late 70's & I can only imagine what it's like now 40 yrs later! it was disgusting then!

  • One Dem even suggested Trump should have notified Obama before doing the raid. (So Obama could alert his Muslim Brother to the danger)

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