The Associated Press reports:
President Donald Trump says the U.S. military raid that took out Islamic State leader Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi is a bigger deal than the 2011 killing of Osama bin Laden during the Obama administration.
Trump is detailing the operation during an announcement at the White House. The president acknowledges that the death of bin Laden was significant, but he believes the news about al-Baghdadi is even bigger news.
Trump says that bin Laden didn’t become a global name in terrorism until the attacks of Sept. 11, 2001. The president says that’s in contrast to al-Baghdadi, who Trump says is responsible for building a caliphate.
Stop congratulating Obama for killing Bin Laden. The Navy Seals killed Bin Laden. #debate
— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) October 23, 2012
Trump again suggests this is bigger than bin Laden:
“This is the biggest there is. This is the worst ever. Osama bin Laden was 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.”
— Aaron Blake (@AaronBlake) October 27, 2019
Trump claiming killing Baghdadi was “bigger” than killing Bin Laden shows how petty and vile Trump is. He will use any moment he can to tell his base that he’s better than the dreaded black President they all hated.
— (((DeanObeidallah))) (@DeanObeidallah) October 27, 2019
— Andy Ostroy (@AndyOstroy) October 27, 2019
Trump trying to make this seem bigger than the death of Osama. Trying to have his “Osama moment.” It’s not working. (Especially since Trump has done more for the future of ISIS this month than Baghdadi has done in a long time.)
— David Rothkopf (@djrothkopf) October 27, 2019