President Trump has a habit of taking credit for other people’s work, and the recent progress made in the Middle East is no exception. On Saturday, he issued the following statement announcing that the city of Raqqah has recently been liberated from ISIS:
‘I am pleased to announce that the Syrian Democratic Forces, our partners in the fight against ISIS in Syria, have successfully recaptured Raqqah – the terrorist group’s self-proclaimed capital city. Together, our forces have liberated the entire city from ISIS control.
‘The defeat of ISIS in Raqqah represents a critical breakthrough in our worldwide campaign to defeat ISIS and its wicked ideology. With the liberation of ISIS’s capital and the vast majority of its territory, the end of the ISIS caliphate is in sight.’
In the above statement, Trump did give credit to the Syrian Democratic Forces. However, he later shared an article on Twitter about his remarks and quoted himself in the caption, causing many people to assume that he was congratulating himself on the breakthrough in the fight against ISIS.
When Trump was busy singing his own praises, he also seemed to forget the fact that the attack that took place earlier this month in Niger — which left four U.S. Green Berets dead — was ISIS-related, meaning he may be celebrating his success a bit prematurely.
Some of the responses to the president’s latest tweet can be seen below:
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