Earlier on Sunday President Trump announced that ISIS leader Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi was killed in a raid by the U.S. Special Ops force.
Now that details of the death of the raid have began to emerge, it’s easy to see the differences between President Donald J. Trump and former President Barack Hussein Obama.
More on the story per NBC News:
Addressing the nation live from the White House, Trump said al-Baghdadi killed himself and three of his children, detonating a suicide vest as U.S. forces closed in after a “dangerous and daring” raid.
“Last night, the United States brought the world’s No. 1 terrorist leader to justice,” Trump said. “Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi is dead.”
“Capturing or killing him has been the top national security priority of my administration,” he said.
Trump and his top national security officials gathered in the White House situation room Saturday to watch what would be the most consequential military operation of his presidency so far. What they saw or later learned, as Trump told it, was just how a Hollywood script-doctor might have written it.
Eight helicopters were met with gunfire as they approached the compound, and returned fire to neutralize the threat. When the choppers landed “a large crew of brilliant fighters” emerged. They blew holes into the building to avoid a booby-trapped main door.
Trump said al-Baghdadi died “whimpering and crying and screaming all the way” into a dead-end tunnel.
“He reached the end of the tunnel as our dogs chased them down” and then detonated the suicide vest, killing himself and three of his children, Trump said.
When Obama was the president special forces killed Osama bin Laden. Before ordering the attack, Obama took a cabinet vote. Per Vanity Fair:
One by one, the principals around the room were asked to choose among three options—a raid, a missile strike, or doing nothing—and then to defend their choice. The president said that he probably would not make a decision until the next morning, but he wanted to hear everyone’s view. It was widely reported in the weeks and months after the raid that most, or at least many, of the president’s top advisers opposed the raid, but this is not true. Nearly everyone present favored it.
Sebastian Gorka took to Twitter to let everyone know that President Trump did not take a vote when it came to taking out the ISIS leader.
Obama took a vote of his cabinet on killing Osama bin Laden. @realDonaldTrump just did it.
This from the Situation Room. pic.twitter.com/QBdfIzXr9d
— Sebastian Gorka DrG (@SebGorka) October 27, 2019
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In a situation like this is a vote really necessary? A leader needs to act strong and with confidence.