Donald Trump on Presidential Credit for Assassinations

Donald Trump on Presidential Credit for Terrorist Leader Assassinations

THEN
NOW


2011 - 2012
2019

Donald Trump on Presidential Credit for Assassinations Then
Donald Trump on Presidential Credit for Assassinations Now


#DonaldTrump 12/8/11: "I don’t know why Obama gets credit for the whole bin Laden thing." » #Trump 10/27/19: "I said…I want al-Baghdadi…I don’t get any credit for this but that’s OK, I never do." Click To Tweet

Donald Trump on Presidential Credit for Terrorist Leader Assassinations

THEN

2011 - 2012

Donald Trump on Presidential Credit for Assassinations Then

“I don’t know why Obama gets credit for the whole bin Laden thing. He’s sitting there. He’s got three choices, leave him alone — which nobody would do — take him out with a missile, or take him out with the military. So he said take him out with the military. OK. Congratulations

“Anybody sitting in that office, Wolf, would have — I keep hearing about, oh, bin Laden, the military did an incredible job and they called and they said, we have him. And he said, go get him. What’s he going to say, don’t get him? And he gets all this credit? It’s a lot of crap.”
- Dec 8, 2011

“Yesterday I explained to @wolfblitzercnn on @CNNSitRoom why @BarackObama doesn’t deserve credit for killing Bin Laden

“Admiral McRaven had full operational control of the Bin Laden mission… @BarackObama gave vague directions.

Obama deserves much less credit for the killing of Bin Laden. The praise goes to our brave military and intelligence officers.”

“Why don’t we ask the Navy SEALs who killed Bin Laden? They don’t seem to be happy with Obama claiming credit. All he did is say O.K.”

“Stop congratulating Obama for killing Bin Laden. The Navy Seals killed Bin Laden.”

“When the military informed Obama that they had Bin Laden, is there anyone with a brain that would not have said ‘Ok, go get him’?”


#DonaldTrump 10/23/12: "When the military informed Obama that they had Bin Laden is there anyone with a brain that would not have said ‘Ok, go get him’?" » #Trump 10/28/19: "I said…I want al-Baghdadi…and they got him." Click To Tweet

NOW

2019

Donald Trump on Presidential Credit for Assassinations Now

“I’ve been looking for [Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi] for three years. I’ve been looking for him — I started getting some very positive feedback about a month ago… and then we got a confirmation… The only people that knew were the few people that I dealt with…

“This was the big one. This is the biggest one perhaps that we’ve ever captured, because this is the one that built ISIS and beyond, and was looking to rebuild it again…

“This is the biggest there is. This is the worst ever. Osama bin Laden was very big, but Osama bin Laden became big with the World Trade Center. This is a man who built a whole, as he would like to call it, a country, a caliphate, and was trying to do it again…

“I’ve been looking at this for three years. They’d come in, sir, we have somebody under — I said I don’t want somebody, I want al-Baghdadi. That’s the one I want. They’d say well, we have somebody else. I said, that’s great, fine, take them out, but I want al-Baghdadi. That’s who I want… and I don’t get any credit for this, but that’s OK, I never do.”
Oct 27, 2019 -

Washington Post, Oct 28, 2019
Trump’s news conference on Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi’s death, annotated

(retrieved 11/1/19)
starts at 22:25

“[Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi] should have been killed years ago. Another president should have gotten him. But to me it was very important. I would say all the time, they would walk into my office, ‘sir we killed this leader at a level, this leader at-‘ I said I never heard of him, I want al-Baghdadi, that’s the only one I know now, I want al-Baghdadi, get him, and they got him.”
Oct 28, 2019 -


#DonaldTrump 10/22/12: "Stop congratulating Obama for killing Bin Laden. The Navy Seals killed Bin Laden." » #Trump 10/27/19: "I’ve been looking for ❲al-Baghdadi❳ for three years…and I don’t get any credit." Click To Tweet