Trump officials say they have no idea where the president got his information that ISIS leader Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi died & weeping and wailing & # 39 ;.
President Trump revealed news about the death of the ISIS leader in a national White House speech on Sunday morning, while providing graphic details of the last moments of Baghdad at the helm of the militant organization.
Trump saw the raid in real-time from the Situation Room via a video link on Saturday night when troops fired into the Syrian hideout of Baghdad and the most wanted militant sent the final steps of his life.
He described playing live & # 39; as if you were watching a movie & # 39 ;.
While American troops bowed to Baghdadi, he fled with three of his children a & # 39; dead end & # 39; into the tunnel, Trump said, and exploded a suicide jacket, killing himself and the children.
Trump described Baghdadi as & # 39; whimpering and crying and screaming to death & # 39 ;.
Trump officials say they have no idea where the president got his information that ISIS leader Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi died & weeping and wailing & # 39;
& # 39; He was a sick and corrupt man and now he is gone, & # 39; said Trump. & # 39; He died like a dog, he died like a coward. & # 39;
But since then questions have been raised about Trump's vivid description of Baghdad's death, including how he knew the ISIS leader & # 39; was crying and howling & # 39; as there was no audio on the live stream he was watched.
Several senior officials from the Trump administration told the Everyday beast they don't know where the president got those specific details.
Two of them said they immediately reported to each other after Trump's address and said, "Where does he get it from?"
Officials said it was possible that Trump might have spoken with the commanders who were on site in Syria before the raid, but that had not been the case with previous operations.
The country's chief military officer, Chairman of the Chiefs of Staff, Mark Milley, also said on Monday that he did not know where Trump got his data when confronted with repeated questions from reporters.
& # 39; I know the president intended to talk to the unit and the members of the unit, & # 39; said General Milley.
& # 39; But I don't know what caused it. I assume it spoke directly to unity and members of the unity. & # 39;
Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi (above) blew himself up after being cornered by American forces in a dead-end underground tunnel in his Syrian compound
Trump saw the raid unfold from the situation room. He was accompanied by National Security Advisor Robert C. O & Brien, vice-president Mike Pence, defense minister. Mark T. Esper and the US Army General Mark A. Milley
General Milley said he had not spoken to the members of the unit on the spot, so he was not first-hand aware of those details.
Secretary of Defense Mark T. Esper gave a similar answer when asked if, like Trump, he was moaning and crying.
& # 39; I don't have those details, & # 39; said Esper.
& # 39; The president has probably had the opportunity to talk to the commanders on the spot. & # 39;
A source close to Trump has said it is one of the President's favorite insults to accuse his enemies of being weak and just crying everywhere.
The daring attack on the compound where Baghdadi was hiding in Syria was the culmination of years of steady gathering of intelligence – and 48 hours of hasty planning as soon as Washington was notified where he would be.
Trump had teased a big announcement at the end of Saturday with the announcement that & # 39; something very big has happened! & # 39; Towards the morning, he thanked Russia, Turkey, Syria and Iraq, as well as Kurdish hunters in Syria for their support.
The operation marks a significant foreign policy success for Trump, who is at one of the lowest points in his presidency because he is entangled in indictment proceedings and faces widespread Republican conviction for his Syrian policies.
The daring attack on the compound (above) where Baghdadi hid in Syria was the culmination of years of steady gathering of intelligence – and 48 hours of hasty planning as soon as Washington was notified where he would be
Al-Baghdadi, the leader of the so-called Islamic Caliphate, blew himself up during the targeted attack on his army in the province of Idlib in Syria in the early hours of Sunday morning. His army was in a village known for smuggling, and he arrived 48 hours before the raid
The recent withdrawal of US troops he commanded from northeastern Syria caused a storm of bi-party criticism in Washington that the militant group could regain strength after losing the vast tracts of territory it once controlled.
Planning for the operation began weeks ago, Trump said, after the US had obtained unspecified information about the whereabouts of Baghdad.
Eight military helicopters flew over territory controlled by Russian and Syrian troops for more than an hour, Trump said, before landing on the compound under gunfire.
Trump described the raid vividly and took extensive questions from reporters on Sunday.
He said American troops broke the walls of the building because the doors had booby traps and Baghdadi chased the tunnel, which partially collapsed after Baghdadi exploded the suicide jacket.
Trump also revealed that US troops spent about two hours on the ground gathering valuable information.
He further suggested that the Baghdadi assassination was more important than the 2011 operation commissioned by his predecessor, President Barack Obama, who had killed al-Qaeda leader Osama bin Laden, who was responsible for the 9/11 attacks.
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