White House acting chief Mick Mulvaney was kept in the dark about the raid that killed ISIS leader Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi and only heard about it when it was on its way.
Mulvaney was in his South Carolina home Saturday night when President Trump tweeted that & # 39; something very big has happened! & # 39; – what was the night on which the attack took place.
He was informed of the raid that evening, officials told NBC News.
It is an unusual step for a president to get his chief of staff out of the circle after killing a major terrorist leader and will be seen as a sign of declining influence for Mulvaney in the White House of Trump.
Mulvaney & # 39; s tenure in the chief of staff is already under discussion after his appearance at a press conference earlier this month, when he had to confirm a statement he made confirming that there was a & # 39; quid pro quo & # 39; played in Ukraine's request for US military assistance.
A person close to President Trump told NBC Mulvaney was & # 39; cooked & # 39; after that execution.
& # 39; Mick has set himself on fire, & # 39; said the person. & # 39; He came up, poured lighter liquid on himself and lit the match. & # 39;
White House acting chief of staff Mick Mulvaney was kept in the dark about the raid that killed ISIS leader Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi
It will be seen as a sign that Mulvaney has reduced the influence in Donald Trump's White House
Bill Daley, who was chief of staff at the White House during the raid that killed Osama bin Laden's raid, sat in a secure room in the White House next to then President Barack Obama.
Mulvaney was not depicted in a photo released by President Trump's White House in the Situation Room with Vice President Mike Pence, National Security Advisor Robert O & Brien, Secretary of Defense Mark Esper and Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff US Army General Mark Milley.
& # 39; It's really unprecedented and for me it's just a symptom of a total failure in the functions of the White House & # 39 ;, Chris Whipple, author of & # 39; The Gatekeepers: how the White House chiefs of staff define each presidency & # 39 ;, told NBC News.
& # 39; Only in a completely dysfunctional White House would the White House chief of staff be aware of something so important, & # 39; he remarked.
President Trump watched the operation of the special forces to kill al-Baghdadi through drone recordings.
Trump announced the success of the raid in a press conference on Sunday morning and said al-Baghdadi died & whimpered and howled and screamed & # 39 ;, and & # 39; like a dog and a coward & # 39 ;.
Mulvaney was not depicted in the photo released by President Donald Trump's White House in the Situation Room with national security adviser Robert O & Brien, vice president Mike Pence, defense minister Mark Esper, and president of the US Army Joint Chiefs of Staff General Mark Milley
Obama & # 39; s chief of staff Bill Daley (behind the chair in suit, tie and jacket) was with President Obama in 2011 during the raid that killed Osama bin Laden
Having been panned earlier this month, Mulvaney & # 39; s previous appearance in the White House press room was again under fire after he & # 39; Fox News Sunday & # 39; went on to try to clarify his comments under heavy questions from host Chris Wallace.
And Mulvaney is reportedly fighting with fellow White House officials about the best strategy to ward off the investigation of charges against President Trump on Capitol Hill.
In the fallout there were reports that new names were circulating through the White House for the chief of staff and a group of conservatives wrote a letter to President Trump to support Mulvaney.
He was named & # 39; acting & # 39; in December 2018. Chief of Staff after John Kelly left the post but was never permanently appointed to the vacancy.
White House officials argued that Mulvaney & # 39; s trip to South Carolina had long been planned and told NBC News that the acting Chief of Staff & # 39; was unable to arrive in a safe location in time to participate & # 39; but that & # 39; he was aware of its success in closing & # 39; .
Earlier this month, Mulvaney caused a whirlwind when he told White House reporters in a television briefing that he had ceased Ukrainian aid money to pressurize the country to find a Democratic server.
But later, as a frenzy about his apparent recognition of a setback Washington and news channels roasted, Mulvaney said he had never done anything like this and attacked the media.
& # 39; Again, the media has decided to misinterpret my comments to promote a biased and political witch hunt against President Trump & # 39 ;, he said in the statement.
& # 39; The president never told me to withhold money until the Ukrainian military aid investigated the 2016 elections. The president never told me to withhold money until the Ukrainians did something with the server. The only reasons we were holding the money were because of concerns about the lack of support from other countries and concerns about corruption, "he said.
Abu Bakr al-Baghdad was killed Saturday by special units of the US.
Mick Mulvaney had to leave comments he made earlier this month in a briefing from the White House
But Mulvaney had defended holding on to the congress funding to allow Ukrainians to examine a Democratic e-mail server from 2016 and tell critics: & # 39; Get over it & # 39 ;.
In a rare White House briefing, Mulvaney denied any knowledge of a company linked to Hunter Biden – but said the money was basically money to push what he called Ukraine's anti-corruption efforts.
He said about President Trump: & Did he also (casually) say to me that the corruption related to the DNC server? Absolutely, there is no doubt about that. But that's it. And that's why we held up the money. & # 39;
Mulvaney confirmed what Trump said in a phone call in July with the President of Ukraine: that he wanted an investigation into the hacked Democratic National Committee Server.
US intelligence services, the Mueller probe, and bi-party conference committees concluded that the Russians had hacked Democratic servers. But Trump wants to investigate an unproven theory that the Democratic server could be in Ukraine, where information emerged that concerned his now imprisoned campaign president Paul Manafort 2016.
Put under pressure to keep money to get a search that the president was looking for, in a & # 39; consideration & # 39; for a probe from the DNC server, Mulvaney said: & # 39; We always do that with foreign policy. & # 39;
& # 39; I have news for everyone: get over it. There will be political influence in foreign policy, & Mulvaney said.
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