The chief official White House photographer for former Presidents Ronald Reagan and Barack Obama suggested the Trump administration staged Saturday’s stern-faced Situation Room picture in the wake of a U.S. military raid that resulted in the death of a major ISIS figurehead.
Pete Souza, the former director of the White House Photography Office, called the timestamp of the Situation Room picture into question Sunday morning.
Souza inferred that it’s very unlikely President Donald Trump, Vice President Mike Pence and several top administration officials and generals were actively monitoring the raid on ISIS leader Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi’s compound when the photograph was taken Saturday in Washington.
— Dan Scavino Jr.🇺🇸 (@Scavino45) October 27, 2019
So Donald Trump was playing golf at the time the raid occurred…and the photo they released was staged several hours afterward?
Is that true?
Sounds about right for this White House.
— Zac Petkanas (@Zac_Petkanas) October 27, 2019
Everything you need to know about Trump is in these two pics:
The Osama bin Laden raid pic was taken in real-time, showing real decision-makers.
The “Baghdadi raid” pics was staged, hours later. Trump was playing golf when it happened. pic.twitter.com/IpSuLnAi6M
— Mrs. Betty Bowers (@BettyBowers) October 27, 2019
Here you go. According to the public schedule, they left the golf club at 3:33pm. They reported the raid took place at 3:30pm. An hour and a half later they staged the photo. https://t.co/QUkEvTZ3tO
— Jennifer Hayden (@Scout_Finch) October 27, 2019
Former Chief Official White House Photographer is suggesting that the White House may have staged this photo in the Situation Room. pic.twitter.com/9XXmVsG3m6
— David Leavitt (@David_Leavitt) October 27, 2019
The raid, as reported, took place at 3:30PM Washington time. The photo, as shown in the camera IPTC data, was taken at “17:05:24”. https://t.co/XV0MFfFiTt
— Pete Souza (@PeteSouza) October 27, 2019
— Randi Mayem Singer (@rmayemsinger) October 27, 2019