Trump says he may release footage of Baghdadi raid
7 months ago
The IS leader died ‘whimpering, screaming and crying,’ says US president.
President Donald Trump on Monday said his administration is considering releasing video footage of the U.S. special operations raid that resulted in the death of Islamic State leader Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi.
“We’re thinking about it. We may,” Trump told reporters on the tarmac at Joint Base Andrews, en route to an event in Chicago.
“We may take certain parts of it and release it, yes,” he said.
The president described the ISIS chief’s demise in cinematic and grisly terms during an address from the White House on Sunday announcing the overnight raid’s success, employing vivid rhetoric that some critics deemed gratuitous.
“He died like a coward. He was whimpering, screaming and crying,” Trump said, adding that Baghdadi and “the losers” under his command “were very frightened puppies.”
Trump even likened his real-time monitoring of the mission to “watching a movie,” although the overhead surveillance feeds he was viewing during the raid could not display what was happening in the underground tunnel where Baghdadi killed himself — nor the sounds he was making at the time of his death, according to a report by The New York Times.
Trump’s disclosure of various sensitive details regarding the long-planned assault by Army Delta Force commandos also provoked alarm among veterans of previous operations who worry the president’s remarks could imperil future raids and intelligence gathering.