Amid reports that President Donald Trump did not inform House Speaker Nancy Pelosi beforehand on the top-secret raid by U.S. forces that resulted in the death of A , the leader of the Islamic State of Iraq and Syria, the speaker released a statement that rained on Trump’s parade.
While the president celebrated bringing “the world’s number one terrorist leader to justice,” the California Democrat snubbed Trump in saying
Of course, it took her two and a half hours to come up with a response — a lifetime in today’s social media age.
“Americans salute the heroism, dedication, and skill of our military and our intelligence professionals and acknowledge the work of our partners in the region,” the California Democrat said in the release. “We are relieved that no U.S. personnel died in this daring raid.”
“The death of al-Baghdadi is significant, but the death of this ISIS leader does not mean the death of ISIS,” the release continued. “Scores of ISIS fighters remain under uncertain conditions in Syrian prisons, and countless others in the region and around the world remain intent on spreading their influence and committing acts of terror.”
She also took exception to not being notified while pointing out that Russia was made aware — this being a tactical necessity, as the Russians had military assets in the area.
“This month, the House passed a joint resolution on an overwhelmingly bipartisan 354-60 basis which rejects President Trump’s green-lighting of Turkish aggression into Syria against our Kurdish partners, and calls on him to present a clear strategy to defeat ISIS,” Pelosi said. “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. Our military and allies deserve strong, smart and strategic leadership from Washington.”
Americans salute the heroism, dedication & skill of our military and our intelligence professionals following news that ISIS leader Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi was killed in a U.S. military raid. https://t.co/ohh7t3qGBP
— Nancy Pelosi (@SpeakerPelosi) October 27, 2019
Of course, there’s a noted difference in Pelosi’s response to the death of Osama bin Laden under former President Barack Obama, as the Trump campaign noted.
Nancy Pelosi statement on ISIS leader al-Baghdadi:
“Americans salute the heroism, dedication & skill of our military & our intelligence professionals”
Pelosi on bin Laden:
“I salute President Obama, his national security team … [& our] intelligence community & military” pic.twitter.com/1sFrhMMjtR
— Matt Wolking (Text TRUMP to 88022) (@MattWolking) October 27, 2019
Social media users were only too happy to throw a little shade Pelosi’s way… here’s a sampling of responses from Twitter:
You are a little late.
— D.Carroll (@DCarrollSysEng) October 27, 2019
She couldn’t just say “Great job”!
— Shelby Lawhon (@ShelbyLawhon) October 27, 2019
There is to many leaks. It was safer for our troops not to tell you or your ilk. You would jeopardize the safety of our troops.
— Mary Winchester 🇺🇸 (@Winchester1776) October 27, 2019
Thanks for being sober on a Sunday, Nancy
— Wendy Nixon-Haberman (@nixon_haberman) October 27, 2019
Showing class, as usual.
— Linn Miller (@LinnMiller66) October 27, 2019
You forgot to mention @potus for agreeing to it = Well done President Trump
— Kevin Elsmore (@KevinElsmore) October 27, 2019
C’mon, Nancy. Just say “well done, Mr. President.” It’s not that hard.
— rebelop🇺🇸 (@realrebelOP) October 27, 2019
And very petty today
— tifinblm (@tifinblm) October 27, 2019
You can’t be trusted. Trump not telling you about the operation saved American lives.
— Cannadog (@6849_ft) October 27, 2019
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