Sen. Rick Scott: It’s not beneath Pelosi to leak Baghdadi raid to sabotage Trump – so much hatred

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While Democrats are still seething over being kept in the dark by President Donald Trump on the top-secret raid by U.S. troops that resulted in the death of ISIS leader Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi, Sen. Rick Scott, R-Fla., supports the president’s decision.

Why? The freshman senator told the Washington Examiner it wasn’t beneath House Speaker Nancy Pelosi to leak the Baghdadi raid to sabotage Trump.

“If you’re worried about our troops, you can tell that, I mean — Pelosi hates Trump, and she’s going to do everything she can to hurt him,” Scott said. “And you can’t trust them. I think Trump made a good decision.”

When he announced Baghdadi’s death on Sunday, the president was asked specifically if he informed Pelosi ahead of the raid.

“No, I didn’t do that. I wanted to make sure this was kept secret,” Trump answered. “I didn’t want to have men lost. And women. I don’t want to have people lost.”

Rep. Eliot Engel, D-N.Y., chairman of the House Foreign Affairs Committee, slammed Trump for that stance.

“His implication that Speaker Pelosi, the elected representative third in line for the presidency, cannot be trusted with sensitive information is tremendously problematic and insulting, and further politicizes foreign policy — especially when Trump has shown himself to be an untrustworthy guardian of our national security and sensitive intelligence information,” Engel said in a statement, according to the Examiner.

Democrats act as if they have not spent the entire Trump presidency fighting him on every single issue, often leveling despicable accusations along the way. A campaign that has culminated with the party’s partisan impeachment inquiry.

Scott suggested that the Democrats have made their own bed in poisoning any hopes of a productive relationship with President Trump.

“Pelosi is out there and has a secret hearing and doesn’t want that to be known, but she wants to be told about stuff,” he told the Examiner.

Repeating a common theme he speaks of often, Scott pointed to the toxic resistance to Trump to say Washington is broken — the lawmaker supports term limits to help drain the DC swamp.

“It’s a pretty broken place,” Scott said. “I think there is so much hatred up here for Trump. They want to change the election in 2016 and make sure he doesn’t win in 2020. There’s no conversations about fixing things … I think that’s going to change at some point, but right now, there’s so much hatred for Trump.”

Scott released a statement on Baghdadi’s death, calling it “great news for the security of the United States and our allies.”

“To our enemies, this is a reminder that there’s nowhere you can go, there’s nowhere you can hide. We won’t stop until justice is served. Today the world is a little safer, a little kinder, a little more free,” Scott said in the release.

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