Opinion| On Sunday morning, President Donald Trump stated that he hadn’t notified Democratic House Speaker Nancy Pelosi about the United States military raid on Syria. The raid left ISIS leader Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi dead. According to Vice President Mike Pence, Trump’s decision not to tell Pelosi had nothing to do with a lack of trust.
According to Fox News, “When asked if he notified Pelosi beforehand, Trump said he did not because he did not want any members of the U.S. forces to die.”
“No, I didn’t. I didn’t do that. I wanted to make sure this kept secret,” the President said. “I don’t want to have people lost,” he continued.
The House Speaker issued a statement following the announcement of al-Baghdadi’s passing in which she slammed President Trump for not having told Congressional leaders prior.
Pelosi insisted, “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.”
The President explained that he hadn’t told Russia that the US would be active in Syria prior, as Russia has their own presence there at the moment. Trump did not give the reason for the mission.
According to Fox, “Pence downplayed Trump’s decision to keep Pelosi in the dark in an appearance on “Fox News Sunday” immediately following Trump’s address. The vice president claimed that Trump did not mean to say he did not trust the House Speaker.”
“I don’t think that was the implication at all,” Pence said.
When pressed further on the matter, the Vice President answered, “We maintain the tightest possible security here.”
More from Fox News:
Before fielding the question about Pelosi, Trump had said that the only ones who knew about the operation beforehand “were the few people I dealt with.” He mentioned Pence, Secretary of State Mike Pompeo, National Security Adviser Robert O’Brien, and Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff Gen. Mark Milley as some of those with whom he worked.
Congressional sources from the Republican side told Fox News they were notified about the raid Saturday night, but it was unclear if this was before or after it took place.
Trump said he spoke about the operation with certain individuals like Sens. Richard Burr, R-N.C., and Lindsey Graham, R-S.C., Sunday morning, but that he did not tell any of them beforehand.
President Trump stated, “We’ve notified some, others are being notified now as I speak. We were going to notify them last night but we decided not to do that because Washington leaks like I’ve never seen before.”
Trump called Washington “a leaking machine,” stating that “we will not notify them until our great people are out,” because “I don’t want to have them greeted with firepower like you wouldn’t believe.”
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You can bet your rear that Pelosi was, and still is, FURIOUS.