Trump Reveals He Didn’t Tell Congressional Leaders About the al-Baghdadi Raid

A new report from CBS reveals that President Trump did not tell Congressional leaders including Nancy Pelosi and House Intel Chair Adam Schiff about the raid of al-Baghdadi out of concern that they would leak.

Incredibly, the United States suffered no casualties in the raid.

One dog was injured and a robot was deployed in the sophisticated mission.

CBS reports no U.S. service members were killed in the raid but one dog was hurt, Mr. Trump said. Secretary of Defense Mark Esper told ABC’s “This Week” that two service members suffered minor injuries but are already back on duty. The president said the troops involved “accomplished their mission in grand style” and collected a trove of sensitive intelligence related to ISIS.

Mr. Trump said he did not inform congressional leaders, including House Speaker Nancy Pelosi, of the raid beforehand, out of fear it would leak publicly. The House Intelligence Committee said it was also not aware of the operation ahead of time.

Leaders from both sides of the aisle welcomed the news of al-Baghdadi’s death and praised U.S. troops and the intelligence community, but warned that al-Baghdadi’s death does not mean the end of the fight against ISIS. The group lost its last strip of territory in March, but there are an estimated 14,000 to 18,000 members remaining in Iraq and Syria, with another 12,000 fighters imprisoned.

Karen Travers of ABC tweeted:

Trump says he didn’t tell Pelosi in advance of Baghdadi operation bec he didn’t want to have American lives lost. Senate Dem leader Schumer & House Intel chair Schiff also not informed.

Trump earlier referred to DC as “leaking machine.” Who did he think Dem leaders would tell?

Conservative commentator Mark Levin tweeted:

Democrat Party-press concerned Trump didn’t tell Pelosi about raid in advance, but defends secret House Democrats’ secret star chamber testimony. Fools.

Fox News reports Despite nearly universal praise for the U.S. troops involved in the raid on Saturday that led to the death of ISIS leader Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi, leading congressional Democrats were unhappy that the Trump Administration failed to brief them beforehand.

“I was told right before I came on,” Rep. Eric Swalwell, D-Calif., a member of the House Intelligence Committee, said during an appearance on “Fox News Sunday.” Swalwell added that nobody in the Democratic leadership, including House Speaker Nancy Pelosi of California and Senate Minority Leader Chuck Schumer, was informed of the raid.

In a national address on Sunday morning, Trump described a daring nighttime airborne raid by American special operations forces in Syria’s northwestern Idlib province and said they flew over heavily militarized territory controlled by multiple nations and forces. No U.S. troops were killed or injured in the operation, Trump said.

As U.S. troops bore down on al-Baghdadi, he fled into a “dead-end” tunnel with three of his children, Trump said, and detonated a suicide vest. “He was a sick and depraved man, and now he’s gone,” Trump said. “He died like a dog, he died like a coward.” Al-Baghdadi’s identity was positively confirmed by a DNA test conducted onsite, Trump said.

Pelosi, in a statement released shortly after the president’s address, thanked the U.S. Special Operations forces for carrying out the raid – praising “the heroism, dedication and skill of our military and our intelligence professionals” – but questioned why the Trump administration choose to notify other nations of the raid and not congressional lawmakers.

“The House must be briefed on this raid, which the Russians but not top Congressional Leadership were notified of in advance, and on the Administration’s overall strategy in the region,” she said. “Our military and allies deserve strong, smart and strategic leadership from Washington.”

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