An anonymous White House staffer leaked how military leaders manipulated Donald Trump into signing off on the failed raid in Yemen.
How does one manipulate the reality-star-turned-president into doing something? You just tell him that President Barack Obama would never do it.
The Independent reports that an anonymous White House staffer has leaked that President Trump was manipulated into acting on the failed Yemen raid after he was told that President Obama didn’t want to do it.
That raid took the lives of 30 civilians, Chief Petty Officer William “Ryan” Owens and 8-year-old Nawr al-Awlaki, a U.S. citizen and the daughter of American-born al-Qaeda leader, Anwar al-Awlaki.
The Yemen raid was meant to kill target al-Qaeda leader Qassim al Rimi, and was planned two months prior to Trump assuming elected office. Despite the loss of life and failure to kill their target, the White House maintains that the raid was “a successful operation by all standards.”
However, there is still no evidence that al Rimi was even at the site during the raid or whether he was and then escaped. After the raid, al Rimi released a video calling Trump “the White House’s new fool.”
According the New York Times, President Obama had been told of the plans to kill al Rimi but his advisors said they should wait for a moonless night to do it, and that wouldn’t happen until after Obama left office.
Both General James Mattis and General Joseph Dunford were reportedly able to convince President Trump to go ahead with the raid by casually mentioning that President Obama lacked the guts to go through with it. They also told the president that in terms of the fight against al-Qaeda, killing al Rimi would be a “game changer.”
If what was reported was true, no one should be surprised. Donald Trump is extremely sensitive and reactionary, and likely wouldn’t hesitate to “prove” himself.
The president himself was not present in the situation room with the other officials when the attack that he signed off on took place, according to White House press secretary Sean Spicer.
Watch Spicer explain below, via YouTube:
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