(Breitbart) – On Sunday’s broadcast of CNN’s “State of the Union,” host Jake Tapper complained about President Donald Trump’s announcement on the death Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi, the leader of ISIS being 20 minutes late.
Tapper said, “When President Obama announced the OBL raid, that was announced on a Sunday night after 11:00. I remember I was a White House correspondent, and I got the alert around 9:30 on a Sunday night, and we had to run in, and he gave us the news as soon as he could give us the news — the country the news.”
He added, “This information happened, this happened last night. And there is no reason to announce it at 9:00 a.m. and to delay the announcement that we’re now almost 20 minutes into the 9:00 a.m. hour and we were told this would start at 9:00 a.m. unless, of course, the president is trying to have a big build-up. This is the showmanship we know he appreciates. This is part of this. And given the fact that so much of what the Sunday shows are —here he comes. Here is President Trump 20 minutes late with a big announcement.”
FNC’s Wallace Presses Pence — Why Didn’t the President Notify Pelosi of ISIS Leader’s Death
On Sunday’s broadcast of “Fox News Sunday,” host Chris Wallace pressed Vice President Mike Pence on why President Donald Trump did not notify House Speaker Nancy Pelosi (D-CA) in advance about the death of ISIS leader Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi.
Wallace said, “The president was asked specifically whether he had informed the Speaker of the House Nancy Pelosi about this raid last night, and he said no and then he added I wanted to make sure that no American forces were lost. The implication seeming to be that he was worried that Pelosi or members of Congress would leak this. Does the president not trust the Speaker of the House with sensitive national security information?”
Pence said, “I don’t think that was the implication at all. I think from the time that we got actionable intelligence, the president’s total focus here was on a successful mission and the safety of American troops.”
Wallace pressed, “Why didn’t he tell Nancy Pelosi?”
Pence said, “We maintain the tightest possible security here and when we got the confirmation on Saturday that al-Baghdadi was on site and our troops began to move into the region has the president said, our aircraft were moving over some very potentially hostile areas. We wanted them to be able to get in and get out, it’s a dangerous mission on the ground. They went with the resolve in the determination as president to bring al-Baghdadi to justice but they also went with our prayers and I just couldn’t be more proud. When they were wheels up out of country, no American casualties and al-Baghdadi is dead.”
Wallace pressed, “We all applaud that. I do want to ask you, it is my job as a newsman, respectfully, why didn’t the president notify speaker of the House?”
Pence said, “I just want to emphasize the president’s focus here throughout particularly the last several days was on the mission to bring a man who was the most wanted man in the world, a man who had brought unspeakable violence through the isis caliphate, who was exporting violence throughout the world to justice and that combined with ensuring the safety of our forces coming in from executing the mission and moving out was the president’s directive throughout this effort and I know it animated every decision that he made along the way. ”