Special Report: President Donald Trump Makes Statement From White House | NBC News

Special Report: President Donald Trump Makes Statement From White House | NBC News


WE ARE AWAITING A STATEMENT ON THIS SUNDAY MORNING FROM PRESIDENT TRUMP AT ANY MOMENT FROM THE DIPLOMATIC ROOM IN THE WHITE HOUSE. THE PRESIDENT IS EXPECTED TO ANNOUNCE A U.S.-LED SPECIAL OPERATION MISSIONS KILLED ABU BAKR AL BAGHDADI. THE RAID HAPPENING IN NORTHERN SYRIA ON SATURDAY. SEVERAL OTHER PEOPLE WERE ALSO KILLED. PRESIDENT TRUMP TWEETING ON SATURDAY NIGHT, QUOTE, SOMETHING VERY BIG HAS JUST HAPPENED. LET’S BEGIN WITH NBC CHIEF FOREIGN CORRESPONDENT RITUALSHIP RICHARD ENGLE IN NORTHERN SYRIA WITH DETAILS OF THE RAID. RICHMOND, GOOD MORNING. HOW CONVINCED ARE WE THAT WE HAVE AL BAGHDADI?>>Reporter: WELL, U.S. OFFICIALS ARE PRETTY CONVINCED. THEY ARE NOT GIVING THE 100% CONFIRMATION. WE MIGHT HEAR THAT SOON FROM PRESIDENT TRUMP BUT THEY ARE VERY CONFIDENT THE OVERNIGHT RAID WHICH BEGAN AROUND 11:00 LOCAL TIME DID, IN FACT, KILL ABU BAKR AL BAGHDADI, THE LEADER OF ISIS, THE WORLD’S MOST WANTED TERRORIST. IT HAPPENED ON A VILLAGE ON THE BORDER OF SYRIA AND TURK AND WE HAVE BEEN TO A HALF DOZEN TIMES. A WELL-KNOWN SMUGGLING VILLAGE SO IT’S BELIEVED THAT BAGHDADI WAS TRYING TO LEAVE SYRIA AND PERHAPS GO TO TURKEY AND STAY IN THIS AREA THAT HAS AN OPEN-FLOW OF PEOPLE. NOW WITNESSES IN THE VILLAGE TELL US THIS IS WHAT HAPPENED. AROUND 11:00, FIRST, THEY HEARD HELICOPTERS COME IN. U.S. SPECIAL OPERATIONS FORCES. THE HELICOPTERS CAME IN IN FORCE. THEY WERE CIRCLING AND OPENING FIRE. THIS WAS NOT A QUICK OPERATION. IT WAS NOT AN IN AND OUT. THEY WERE CIRCLING AND FIRING FOR QUITE A BIT OF TIME. THE WHOLE THING LASTING THREE TO FOUR HOURS. THEN AMERICAN TROOPS LANDING. THEY DIDN’T JUST ATTACK ONE TARGET. THEY TARGETED MULTIPLE HOUSES AND A CAR IN THE AREA. THE MAIN FOCUS, HOWEVER, WHAT THEY THINK WAS THE HIDEOUT OF ABU BAKR AL BAGHDADI. THEY WENT INSIDE. THERE WAS GUNSHOTS. THE WITNESS THAT WE SPOKE TO WAS ABOUT 500 YARDS AWAY. HE SAID HE COULD HEAR THE HELICOPTERS OVER HIS HOME. HE COULD FEEL THE WIND FROM THE HELICOPTER BLADES PUSHING INTO HIS HOUSE, RATTLING THE WINDOWS, BUT HE SAID HE WASN’T ABLE TO GO OUTSIDE. WHAT HAPPENED IN THAT HOUSE, IT’S QUITE UNCLEAR, BUT THIS OPERATION CONTINUED TO UNFOLD. THE U.S. SPECIAL OPERATION FORCES, THE MOST ELITE AMERICAN TROOPS IN THE WORLD WERE ON THE GROUND EXPLOITING AS THEY CALL IT THIS SITE, GATHERING INFORMATION. APPARENTLY KILLING ABU BAKR AL BAGHDADI AND THEN LEAVING AND BLOWING UP THE COMPOUND. >>RICHARD ENGEL IN NORTHERN SYRIA FOR US. LET ME CHECK IN WITH HALLIE JACKSON AT THE WHITE HOUSE. WE SAW PRESIDENT TRUMP LAST NIGHT SEEMED TO TEASE THIS OUT OF WHAT HAPPENED. >>Reporter: YES. >>WHEN DO WE KNOW WHEN THIS RAID WAS GREEN-LIT BY THE PRESIDENT?>>Reporter: IN THE EVENING AT SOME POINT AS THIS WAS GOING DOWN. WE UNDERSTAND FROM SOURCES THAT PRESIDENT TRUMP PERSONALLY APPROVED THIS OPERATION. I’M TOLD A LOT OF WHITE HOUSE AIDS HUDDLED IN THE EVENING TELLING ME THIS MORNING THAT PRESIDENT TRUMP AND A SMALL GROUP OF HIS ADVISERS WERE IN THE SITUATION ROOM MONITORING DEVELOPMENTS WITH THIS OPERATION. THE PRESIDENT, OF COURSE, VERY INVOLVED IN THIS. WHAT IS A CRITICAL MOMENT FOR HIM MOVING FORWARD. WHEN YOU LOOK AT THIS, THE PRESIDENT HAS REPEATEDLY TALKED ABOUT WHAT HE DESCRIBES THE DEFEAT OF ISIS AND SOMETHING ALMOST A PART OF HIS CAMPAIGN STUMP SPEECH, IF YOU WILL. IT’S REFERENCED CONSTANTLY WHEN THE PRESIDENT MAKES PUBLIC REMARKS, BUT HE HAS TALKED MUCH LESS, FAR FEWER TIMES ABOUT AL BAGHDADI, HIMSELF. THE PRESIDENT HAS MENTIONED THAT BAGHDADI’S SHORT DETENTION IN 2004 RATHER CRITICALLY. THIS IS WHEN HIS PEOPLE ARE CRITICIZING HIM. WATCH THE PRESIDENT, BASED ON MY REPORTING AND WHAT I’VE HEARD TO TALK ABOUT HOW THIS IS ESSENTIALLY PROOF POSITIVE THAT HIS POSITION IS WORKING. I DON’T KNOW IF WE WANT TO CALL IT A VICTORY LAP BECAUSE I’M NOT SURE HOW DEFINITIVE THERE BE DECLARED THAT BAGHDADI HAS BEEN KILLED BUT I THINK THE PRESIDENT WILL USE THIS TO CONVINCE THE AMERICAN PEOPLE HIS POSITION IS CORRECT ON SYRIA, WHAT HE WANTS TO DO IS WORKING IN A CAMPAIGN TO DEFEAT ISIS. IT’S CERTAINLY A COMMANDER IN CHIEF MOMENT FOR HIM AND UNUSUAL TIME AS YOU KNOW FOR A PRESIDENT TO BE MAKING THESE KIND OF PUBLIC REMARKS ON A SUNDAY MORNING BUT, CLEARLY, THE PRESIDENT AFTER THIS OPERATION WENT DOWN, WE UNDERSTAND LATE YESTERDAY HE WANTED TO BE THE FIRST PUBLIC PRESIDENT TO TALK ABOUT THIS, CHUCK. >>HALLIE JACKSON AT THE WHITE HOUSE, THANK YOU. LET ME GO TO OUR CORRESPONDENT. COURTNEY, HE TOOK CREDIT BUT HANDED OUT A LOT OF CREDIT SAYING THIS IS A FIVE-MONTH OPERATION, IF YOU WILL, TO TRACK AND LOCATE AL BAGHDADI?>>Reporter: YEAH, THERE IS A COUPLE OF PEOPLE IN DIFFERENT NATIONS TAKING CREDIT FOR THIS RIGHT NOW. WHAT WE KNOW FROM THE U.S. MILITARY SIDE IS THAT THESE ELITE SPECIAL OPERATORS WHO WERE A PART OF THIS MISSION ARRIVED IN THE COUNTRY A LITTLE OVER A WEEK AGO HERE IN THE REGION AND THEY STARTED PLANNING, REFINING THEIR PLANS FOR THIS MISSION. THEY HAD RECEIVED SOME ACTABLE INTELLIGENCE AND WANTED TO REFINE IT BEFORE THEY WENT FORWARD AND GOT THE APPROVAL AND WENT FORWARD WITH THIS MISSION. WE HAVE A LITTLE BIT MORE DETAILS ABOUT EXACTLY WHAT HAPPENED. WE KNOW SOME OF THE FORCES LAUNCHED FROM HERE IN IRBIL AND FLEW INTO THE NORTHWESTERN BOARD WITH TURKEY. WHEN THE COMMANDOS LANDED ON THE GROUND AND STARTED THIS RAID THEY WERE MET WITH SOME RESISTANCE. ISIS DEPLOYING AT LEAST ONE CAR OR VEHICLE BOMB TO TRY TO STOP THE RAID WHICH WAS TAKEN OUT BY A U.S. AIR STRIKE. SO WE KNOW THAT THIS MISSION, THIS RAID LASTED SEVERAL HOURS. IT WAS AN EXTENDED PERIOD, BUT MUCH OF THAT TIME WAS ACTUALLY USED FOR THE SITE EXPLOITATION. THAT IS THEM GOING IN AND TRYING TO GATHER UP COMPUTERS, FILES, ANYTHING THEY CAN GET. WE ALSO KNOW THAT AS PART OF THE EXPLOITATION, THEY WILL TRY TO GET DNA OR ANY KIND OF FORENSIC EVIDENCE THEY CAN ON THE TARGET, IN THIS CASE, ABU BAKR AL BAGHDADI, SO THAT WHEN WE GET TO THE LATER STAGE WHEN THIS RAID LIKE THIS BECOMES PUBLIC, THEY CAN TALK TO THE AMERICAN PEOPLE AND TO THE WORLD WITH MORE CERTAINTY THAT, IN FACT, BAGHDADI MAY BE THE PERSON WHO WAS TARGETED AND KILLED IN THIS OPERATION. CHUCK?>>COURTNEY IN IRBIL, IRAQ, THANK YOU. LET ME GO TO ANDREA MITCHELL. I UNDERSTAND YOU’VE BEEN GETTING WORD THAT THE PRESIDENT IS MAKING PHONE CALLS TO SOME AMERICANS WHO MIGHT BE HAPPY THAT AL BAGHDADI IS DEAD?>>THE FOLEYS IS THE FIRST VICTIM, FIRST AMERICAN VICTIM OF ISIS. THE WHOLE PROFILE CASES WHERE THE PRESIDENT WAS VERY GAUGED REALLY IN INTENSIFYING WHAT WAS DONE, HAS BEEN DONE ABOUT HOSTAGES OF TERRORISTS. THOSE FAMILIES WILL BE VERY MUCH A PART OF THIS SPEECH, I BELIEVE. IN ADDITION, WE BELIEVE THAT THEY ARE VERY, VERY CONFIDENT IN THAT THEY HAVE GOT THE FORENSICS FROM THE GROUND AND THAT WE WILL HEAR A LOT MORE ABOUT THAT IN THE SPEECH ABOUT BAGHDADI’S IDENTIFICATION. THE OTHER THING ABOUT THIS IS THE PRESIDENT HAS BEEN MISSTATING FOR MANY MONTHS THAT ISIS IS CONQUERED IN CONTRAST TO INSPECTOR GENERAL’S REPORT FROM THE PENTAGON, THEY DID GET RID OF THE CALIPHATE, THE TERRITORY BUT ISIS WAS RESURGENT ACCORDING TO OWN INSPECTOR GENERAL AT THE END OF JUNE. RESURGENCE IN SYRIA AND IRAQ. SO IT’S SIGNIFICANT THAT THIS, AT LEAST IS SYMBOLIC VICTORY AND BAGHDADI WAS GOING TO HAVE MORE OF AN OPERATIONAL ROLE GIVEN WHERE HE WAS FOUND AND THIS IS CLEARLY A VICTORY ROUND FOR THE PRESIDENT AND THEY ARE MAKING THE MOST OF IT WITH THE SPEECH THIS MORNING. >>ANDREA MITCHELL, THANK YOU VERY MUCH. LET ME GO TO JEREMY BASH, FORMER CHIEF OF THE STAFF DURING THE CIA AND THE OBAMA ADMINISTRATION. JEREMY, AL BAGHDADI, SYMBOLIC REARED, OPERATIONAL LEADER? HOW MUCH WAS HE, AT THIS POINT, FROM ISIS?>>Reporter: HE LED FROM THE SHADOWS AND WAS A SYMBOLIC LEADER AND DIDN’T APPEAR MUCH IN PUBLIC AND UNCLEAR IF HE HAD COMMAND AND CONTROL AUTHORITY OVER ISIS ELEMENTS. ISIS INSPIRED ATTACKS ACROSS EUROPE AND SOME IN THE UNITED STATES AND AROUND THE WORLD IN SRI LANKA. IT’S IMPORTANT TO EMPHASIZE THE CALIPHATE NEEDS TO BE DEFEATED AND IT’S UNDER PRESSURE. THE DECISION IN RECENT WEEKS TO ALLOW TURKEY TO GO INTO NORTHERN SYRIA, THE KURDISH FORCES, OUR ALLIES ON THE GROUND HAVE HAD TO ABANDON THEIR TAKE-DOWN OF ISIS AND GUARDING ISIS PRESENCE AND ALLOWED THE ISIS FIGHTERS TO BE RELEASED FROM PRISON. SO A CONCERN WE HAVE TO WATCH THE DAYS AND WEEKS TO COME. >>JEREMY BASH, THANK YOU. LET ME GO BACK TO RICHARD ENGLE IN NORTHERN SYRIA. ON THE SAME ISSUE WHERE ARE WE OPERATIONALLY ON ISIS, HOW IMPORTANT IS THE PUBLIC NOTIFICATION OF THE DEATH OF AL BAGHDADI, HOW MUCH COULD THAT IMPACT ISIS’ ABILITY JUST SIMPLY WHETHER ON THE INSPIRATION FRONT OR WHEN IT COMES TO OPERATIONAL ABILITIES?>>Reporter: IT IS IMPORTANT. HE WAS THE LEADER OF THE GROUP. HE WAS THE SYMBOL OF THE GROUP. HE WAS THE FOUNDER OF THE GROUP. ABU BAKR AL BAGHDADI IN MANY WAYS IS ON THE SAME LEVEL OF OSAMA BIN LADEN. OSAMA BIN LADEN ABOUT 9/11 AND NAVY S.E.A.L.s HUNTED HIM DOWN AND FOUND HIM. ABU BAKR AL BAGHDADI DID SOMETHING VERY DIFFERENT. HE DIDN’T JUST FOUND A TERRORIST ORGANIZATION, HE ESTABLISHED A TERROR STATE WHERE I AM RIGHT NOW THAT HE CALLED THE CALIPHATE. THAT STATE HAS BEEN UNDER ATTACK WITH U.S. SPECIAL FORCES, WITH KURDISH ALLIES FOR THE LAST FIVE YEARS. SO THIS IS A CULMINATION OF A FIVE-YEAR WAR AGAINST ISIS THAT THE KURDS HELPED A GREAT DEAL WITH. THEY LOST 11,000 OF THEIR PEOPLE TO GET TO THIS MOMENT AND NOW THEY SAY BECAUSE PRESIDENT TRUMP IS SHIFTING MIDDLE EAST POLICY, THAT THEY ARE GOING TO BE LEFT BEHIND. THAT IS WHY THEY HAVE BEEN SO ANGRY AND WHY OVER THE LAST SEVERAL DAYS WE HAVE BEEN DOING SO MANY REPORTS ABOUT HOW THE KURDS FEEL BETRAYED. THEY ARE UNDER ATTACK AND IT IS BECAUSE OF THE FIVE YEARS OF HUNTING DOWN ISIS, LOOKING FOR BAGHDADI AND GATHERING INTELLIGENCE, CULMINATING WITH THIS MOMENT, TRACKING HIM DOWN TO A SAFE HOUSE IN A LITTLE TINY SYRIAN BORDER VILLAGE, A SMUGGLING TOWN THAT THEY WERE ABLE TO EXECUTE THIS RAID. AMERICANS SPECIAL OPS GOING IN AND KILLING HIM AND EXPLOITING THE FACILITY FOR INTELLIGENCE AND THEN LEAVING. THIS WON’T BE JUST THE ENDS RIGHT NOW. WHENEVER THEY GO ON TO A TARGET LIKE THIS LIKE WITH BIN LADEN THEY LOOK FOR EVERYTHING THEY CAN FIND. ANY KIND OF COMPUTERS AND FILES AND DOCUMENTS AND ACT IMMEDIATELY BECAUSE THAT INTELLIGENCE IS FRESH AND WHAT THEY CALL ACTIONABLE. IT’S NOT JUST ONE OPERATION BUT PROBABLY FOLLOW-ON OPERATIONS IN THE COMING HOURS AND DAYS. >>RICHARD, YOU HAD MADE A MENTION IN ONE OF THE REPORTING NOTES THIS MORNING THAT WE WERE ALL EXCHANGING THAT, LOOK. THIS WAS ACTUALLY AN AL QAEDA AREA, SORT OF AN AL QAEDA-CONTROLLED AREA OR FORMER REMNANTS OF AL QAEDA AND THAT THERE SOME TIMES THAT THE REMNANTS OF IT AND ISIS IRM AT DISH WERE AT ISSUE ON HERE. WHAT DOES THAT TELL YOU THEY WERE SEEKING WITH REFUGE WITH AL QAEDA?>>Reporter: BUT IT DIDN’T WORK, DID IT?>>NO. >>Reporter: YOU CAN LOOK AT THIS AS A GREAT INTELLIGENCE COUP BUT IT COULD BE THAT THIS WAS A BIT OF AN INTERNAL HIT, SOMEBODY TURNED HIM IN. AL QAEDA NEVER LIKED ISIS. ISIS WAS TOO VIOLENT FOR AL QAEDA AND THEY NEVER LIKED BAGHDADI. BAGHDADI TOOK A DIFFERENT KIND OF TRECHL TO THE WORLD. HE WOULD BUTCHER HIS VICTIMS AND CUT THEIR HEADS OFF AND SET THEM ON FIRE. AL QAEDA NEVER LIKED HIM AND THOUGHT HE WAS TOO VIOLENT AND TOO UNCONTROLLABLE AND THE FACT HE WENT ON THE RUN AS HIS CALIPHATE WAS SHRINKING TO AN AL QAEDA AREA AND SUDDENLY IT PICKED UP. BY THE WAY, THEY WERE ON THE GROUND, ACCORDING TO WITNESSES, AN ARABIC SPEAKER USING A BULL HONOR ASKING FOR A SPECIFIC PERSON TO TURN HIMSELF IN SO THERE WAS A SPECIFIC SOURCE THAT THEY WERE LOOKING FOR TO SAY, PLEASE TURN YOURSELF IN. THEY DIDN’T WANT TO KILL HIM. THEY HAD SOME COOPERATION FROM THE GROUND IN THIS AL QAEDA AREA. SO YOU COULD LOOK AT IT AS WELL AS BIT OF A MAFIA HIT. THE LARGER ORGANIZATION, THE ONE WITH THE LONGER TERM VISION TURNING ON SOMEONE, A GROUP THAT WAS TOO RADICAL CAUSING TOO MUCH PROBLEM AND TOO EXTREME EVEN FOR THEM. >>RICHARD ENGLE IN NORTHERN SYRIA, THANK YOU. LET ME GO BACK TO COURTNEY IN IRAQ FOR US. DO WE KNOW, YET, IF WE HAVE CAPTURED ANYBODY ALIVE, OR ARE THE BODIES THAT WE HAVE TAKEN ARE ALL DECEASED AT THIS POINT?>>Reporter: THERE HAVE BEEN LOCAL RUMORS AND REPORTING OF THAT, BUT NOTHING OFFICIAL THAT THE U.S. TOOK ANYONE INTO CUSTODY ON THIS. WHEN YOU HAVE — REMEMBER BACK TO THE RAID WITH OSAMA BIN LADEN ALL KINDS OF RUMORS SWIRLING AROUND WHAT HAPPENED THERE AND SEEING THE SAME THING HERE. ONE OF THE ISSUES WE WILL GET VERY LITTLE FIDELITY ABOUT THE U.S. MILITARY OUT OF THIS BECAUSE OF THE CLASSIFIED AND SPECIAL OPERATIONS NATURE OF THE DELTA FORCE. THESE ARE THE MOST ELITE AND SECRETIVE OF THE U.S. FORCES AND NEVER TEND TO HEAR MUCH ABOUT THEM. GIVEN THE FACT THIS IS SUCH A HIGH PROFILE PERSON WHO SEEMS TO HAVE BEEN KILLED IN THIS RAID, WE MAY GET A LITTLE BIT MORE DETAIL THAN USUAL. WE DO KNOW THAT THE MILITARY WHO WAS THERE EXPLOITING THE SITE WAS ABLE TO GATHER SOME DNA FROM THE PERSON THEY BELIEVE TO BE BAGHDADI. WE KNOW THAT, ACCORDING TO A NUMBER OF U.S. OFFICIALS, THAT, IN FACT, HE DETONATED A SUICIDE VEST OR A BELT. IT’S NOT UNCOMMON FOR PEOPLE — FOR THOSE KIND OF TERRORIST LEADERS OR ISIS CELL LEADERS TO BE WEARING A VEST OR A BELT. WE DON’T OFTEN SEE THEM ACTUALLY DETONATE THEM. SO IN THIS CASE, THAT WAS A LITTLE BIT SURPRISING. THERE WAS EVEN SOME BACK AND FORTH EARLY ON OVER WHETHER HE DETONATED IT HIMSELF OR MAYBE DURING THE COURSE OF THE FIREFIGHT, SOMEHOW IT EXPLODED. U.S. OFFICIALS ARE CONFIRMING THAT TO US. IN THE COURSE OF THEM — THE U.S. MILITARY GOING THROUGH THE SITE ANDGATHERING UP THE ACTIONABLE INTELLIGENCE AS RICHARD CALLED IT THEY WERE ABLE TO GATHER DNA AND NOW OFFICIALS SEEM SO CONFIDENT IN THE FINDING THAT, IN FACT, THAT WE EXPECT TO HEAR FROM PRESIDENT TRUMP THAT, IN FACT, BAGHDADI HAS BEEN KILLED IN THIS RAID. >>COURTNEY, THANK YOU. LET ME GO TO ANDREA MITCHELL. ANDREA, THE WAY WASHINGTON WORKS, A COMPETING “I TOLD YOU SO” IN THIS DEBATE ABOUT WHAT SHOULD THE AMERICAN PRESENCE BE IN NORTHERN SYRIA AND THE PRESIDENT’S LONG TERM, MIDTERM, SHORT TERM. YOU HAVE SOME ARGUE THAT SAY THE PRESENCE THERE IS NECESSARY IN ORDER TO STRIKE LIKE WE STRUCK TO GET AL BAGHDADI AND PERHAPS THE PRESIDENT AND HIS ALLIES ARGUE THIS IS THE PROGRESS WE ARE MAKING WHICH MAKES ME CONFIDENT IN THE DECISIONS THAT I’VE MADE. WHERE IS THIS DEBATE GOING TO GO IN WASHINGTON?>>IT’S GOING TO THE 2020 CAMPAIGN, I SUSPECT. LOOK. THE FACT SYRIAN KURDS, MOST LIKELY, TO THEIR CREDIT, WERE HELPFUL IN THIS OPERATION AND TURKEY WAS NOT. TURKEY WAS ONLY ENGAGED TO DECONFLICT, TO LET THEM KNOW DON’T SHOOT AT US, WE ARE ACROSSING THIS BORDER. THEY WERE NOT INVOLVED AT ALL OPERATIONALLY AS FAR AS WE KNOW FROM WHAT THE TURKS SAID TODAY. THIS RAISES THE QUESTION, WHY DID WE ABANDON THE SYRIAN KURDS WHO WERE OUR ALLIES AND KEEPING THE ISIS FIGHTERS UNDER LOCK AND GO AND GO WITH ERDOGAN IN TURKEY WHERE THEY HAVE BEEN NOT BEEN HELPFUL FOR US. WE NEED TO BE ON THE GROUND TO OF THIS INTELLIGENCE AND YOU CAN ALMOST ARGUE WE WERE GETTING THIS INTELLIGENCE NOW BECAUSE WE ARE AT THAT CRITICAL POINT WHERE ALL U.S. TROOPS WERE GOING TO BE OUT EXCEPT THOSE IN A COMPLETELY DIFFERENT AREA GUARDING THE OIL AND THOSE WERE NOT THE PEOPLE WHO WERE LOOKING FOR ISIS FIGHTERS. I THINK THERE IS GOING TO BE A VERY TOUGH DEBATE ABOUT THIS. WE KNOW THAT THERE IS GOING TO BE A VICTORY LAP TODAY FROM THE PRESIDENT AND THAT IS APPROPRIATE. THIS IS A BIG DEAL. BUT THE FACT IS THERE IS GOING TO BE ARGUMENTS OVER HOW IMPORTANT BAGHDADI WAS TO, YOU KNOW, WHAT JEREMY JUST DESCRIBED AS A FRANCHISE OPERATION. THEY ARE IN LIBYA AND OTHER PARTS OF AFRICA AND IN THE PHILIPPINES. ISIS IS NOW A BRAND AND A HIDEOUS BRAND, AND THEY HAD THEIR OWN ENEMIES, AS RICHARD JUST POINTED OUT, ALONG THE AL QAEDA RIVALS. THIS STORY IS NOT YET TOLD. I AM TOLD THE OPTIONS WERE PRESENTED TO THE PRESIDENT ON THURSDAY, TT HE AUTHORIZED THE GROUND OPERATION ON THURSDAY. SO THIS DID COME TOGETHER VERY QUICKLY. AS THE BIN LADEN OPERATION DID ONCE THEY DECIDED TO GO FORWARD.>>AERNED MITCHELL, THANKS FOR THAT. I FEEL LIKE WE CONTINUE TO GET PIECES OF THIS PUT TOGETHER. LET ME GO BACK TO JEREMY BASH FOR A SECOND. AS YOU JUST HEARD FROM ANDREA THERE THAT WAS GREEN-LIT AS LATE AS THURSDAY. ON ONE HAPPENED, SOME PLANNING BUT THIS CAME TOGETHER FAIRLY QUICKLY. YOU’RE FAMILIAR WITH HOW THESE DECISIONS COME TOGETHER THIS QUICKLY. EXPLAIN HOUSE WE COULD GO FROM SOME INTELLIGENCE TO OPERATIONS THAT FAST AND APPARENTLY WE WILL HEAR FROM THE PRESIDENT IN A MINUTE SO THAT IS YOUR TIME LIMIT HERE, JEREMY. >>Reporter: YEAH. QUICKLY HERE. LOOK. PRESIDENT OBAMA IN 2011 GREEN-LIT THE OPERATION AGAINST BIN LADEN THREE DAYS BEFORE THE OPERATION. BUT IT WAS MANY WEEKS AND MONTHS IN THE BRIEFING. WE NEED MORE INFORMATION HOW THE WHITE HOUSE WAS INVOLVED. THE BROADER ISSUE WE DON’T KNOW WHAT THIS MEANS FOR THE FUTURE OF ISIS. ISIS IS IN TRANSITION. YES, THEIR LEADERSHIP HAS BEEN DECAPITATED, BUT BECAUSE THEY ARE NOW IN SOME WAYS IN ASCENDENCE BECAUSE THE KURDISH FORCE ON THE GROUND CONTAINING THEM HAVE TO SPLINTER IN THE FACE OF THIS TURKEY INVASION, WE DON’T KNOW WHETHER THAT MEANS THAT ISIS STRONG IN THE MONTHS AND WEEKS TO COME OR IF THEY WILL BE WEAKER. >>DOES THIS MEAN, VERY QUICKLY — I’M PAUSE IT THERE. HERE IS THE PRESIDENT.>>LAST NIGHT, THE UNITED STATES BROUGHT THE WORLD’S NUMBER ONE TERRORIST LEADER TO JUSTICE. ABU BAKR AL BAGHDADI IS DEAD. HE WAS THE FOUNDER AND LEADER OF ISIS. THE MOST RUTHLESS AND VIOLENT TERROR ORGANIZATION ANYWHERE IN THE WORLD. THE UNITED STATES HAS BEEN SEARCHING FOR BAGHDADI FOR MANY YEARS. CAPTURING OR KILLING BAGHDADI HAS BEEN THE TOP NATIONAL SECURITY PRIORITY OF MY ADMINISTRATION. U.S. SPECIAL OPERATIONS FORCES EXECUTED A DANGEROUS AND DARING NIGHTTIME RAID IN NORTHWESTERN SYRIA AND ACCOMPLISHED THEIR MISSION IN GRAND STYLE. THE U.S. PERSONNEL WERE INCREDIBLE. I GOT TO WATCH MUCH OF IT. NO PERSONNEL WERE LOST IN THE OPERATION, WHILE A LARGE NUMBER OF BAGHDADI’S FIGHTERS AND COMPANIONS WERE KILLED WITH HIM. HE DIED AFTER RUNNING INTO A DEAD-END TUNNEL, WHIMPERING AND CRYING AND SCREAMING ALL THE WAY. THE COMPOUND HAD BEEN CLEARED BY THIS TIME WITH PEOPLE EITHER SURRENDERING OR BEING SHOT AND KILLED. ELEVEN YOUNG CHILDREN WERE MOVED OUT OF THE HOUSE AND ARE UNINJURED. THE ONLY ONES REMAINING WERE BAGHDADI IN THE TUNNEL AND HE HAD DRAGGED THREE OF HIS YOUNG CHILDREN WITH HIM. THEY WERE LED TO CERTAIN DEATH. HE REACHED THE END OF THE TUNNEL, AS OUR DOGS CHASED HIM DOWN. HE IGNITED HIS VEST, KILLING HIMSELF AND THE THREE CHILDREN. HIS BODY WAS MUTILATED BY THE BLAST. THE TUNNEL HAD CAVED IN ON IT, IN ADDITION. BUT TEST RESULTS GAVE CERTAIN, IMMEDIATE, AND TOTALLY POSITIVE IDENTIFICATION. IT WAS HIM. THE THUG WHO TRIED SO HARD TO INTIMIDATE OTHERS, SPENT HIS LAST MOMENTS IN UTTER FEAR, IN TOTAL PANIC AND DREAD, TERRIFIED OF THE AMERICAN FORCES BEARING DOWN ON HIM. WE WERE IN THE COMPOUND FOR APPROXIMATELY TWO HOURS AND AFTER THE MISSION WAS ACCOMPLISHED, WE TOOK HIGHLY SENSITIVE MATERIAL AND INFORMATION FROM THE RAID, MUCH HAVING TO DO WITH ISIS, ORIGINS, FUTURE PLANS, THINGS THAT WE VERY MUCH WANT. BAGHDADI’S DEMISE DEMONSTRATES AMERICA’S RELENTLESS PURSUIT OF TERRORIST LEADERS AND OUR COMMITMENT TO THE ENDURING AND TOTAL DEFEAT OF ISIS AND OTHER TERRORISTS ORGANIZATIONS. OUR REACH IS VERY LONG, AS YOU KNOW LAST MONTH, WE ANNOUNCED THAT WE RECENTLY KILLED HAMZA BIN LADEN THE SON OF OSAMA BIN LADEN WHO WAS SAYING VERY BAD THINGS ABOUT OUR PEOPLE, ABOUT THE COUNTRY, ABOUT THE WORLD. HE WAS THE HEIR APPARENT TO AL QAEDA. TERRORISTS WHO OPPRESS AND MURDER INNOCENT PEOPLE SHOULD NEVER SLEEP SOUNDLY, KNOWING THAT WE WILL COMPLETELY DESTROY THEM. THESE SAVAGE MONSTERS WILL NOT ESCAPE THEIR FATE AND THEY WILL NOT ESCAPE THE FINAL JUDGMENT OF GOD. BAGHDADI HAS BEEN ON THE RUN FOR MANY YEARS, LONG BEFORE I TOOK OFFICE. BUT AT MY DIRECTION, AS COMMANDER IN CHIEF OF THE UNITED STATES, WE OBLITERATED HIS CALIPHATE 100% IN MARCH OF THIS YEAR. TODAY’S EVENTS ARE ANOTHER REMINDER THAT WE WILL CONTINUE TO PURSUE THE REMAINING ISIS TERRORISTS TO THEIR BRUTAL END. THAT ALSO GOES FOR OTHER TERRORIST ORGANIZATIONS. THERAPY, LIKEWISE, IN OUR SIGHTS. BAGHDADI AND THE LOSERS WHO WORKED FOR HIM AND LOSERS THEY ARE, THEY HAD NO IDEA WHAT THEY WERE GETTING INTO. IN SOME CASES, THEY WERE VERY FRIGHTENED PUPPIES. IN OTHER CASES, THEY WERE HARD-CORE KILLERS, BUT THEY KILLED MANY, MANY PEOPLE. THEIR MURDER OF INNOCENT AMERICANS JAMES FOLEY, STEVEN SOTLOFF, PETER KASIC AND KAYLA MUELLER WERE ESPECIALLY HEINOUS. THE SHOCKING PUBLICIZED MURDER OF JORDANIAN PILOT, A WONDERFUL YOUNG MAN, SPOKE TO THE KING OF JORDAN, THEY ALL KNEW HIM AND THEY ALL LOVED HIM. HE WAS BURNED ALIVE IN A CAGE FOR ALL TO SEE. ON THE EXECUTION OF CHRISTIANS IN LIBYA AND EGYPT AS WELL AS THE MASS MURDER OF ANOTHER RANK ISIS AMONG THE MOST OF OUR ORGANIZATIONS THE HISTORY OF OUR WORLD. THE FORCED RELIGIOUS CONVERSIONS, THE ORANGE SUITS PRIOR TO SO MANY BEHEADINGS, ALL OF WHICH WERE OPENLY DISPLAYED FOR THE WORLD TO SEE. THIS WAS ALL THAT ABU BAKR AL BAGHDADI, THIS IS WHAT HE WANTED. THIS IS WHAT HE WAS PROUD OF. HE WAS A SICK AND DEPRAVED MAN AND NOW HE IS GONE. BAGHDADI WAS VICIOUS AND VIOLENT AND HE DIED IN A VICIOUS AND VIOLENT WAY, AS A COWARD RUNNING AND CRYING. THIS RAID WAS IMPECCABLE AND COULD ONLY HAVE TAKEN PLACE WITH THE ACKNOWLEDGMENT AND HELP OF CERTAIN OTHER NATIONS AND PEOPLE. I WANT TO THANK THE NATIONS OF RUSSIA, TURKEY, SYRIA, AND IRAQ, AND I ALSO WANT TO THANK THE SYRIIAN KURDS FOR CERTAIN SPORT — SUPPORT THEY WERE ABLE TO GIVE US. THIS WAS A VERY DANGEROUS MISSION. THANK YOU AS WELL TO THE GREAT INTELLIGENCE PROFESSIONALS WHO HELPED MAKE THIS VERY SUCCESSFUL JOURNEY POSSIBLE. I WANT TO THANK THE SOLDIERS AND SAILORS, AIRMEN AND MARINES INVOLVED IN LAST NIGHT’S OPERATION. YOU ARE THE VERY BEST THERE IS ANYWHERE IN THE WORLD, NO MATTER WHERE YOU GO, THERE IS NOBODY EVEN CLOSE. I WANT TO THANK GENERAL MARK MILLIE AND OUR JOINT CHIEFS OF STAFF. AND I ALSO WANT TO THANK OUR PROFESSIONALS WHO WORK IN OTHER AGENCIES OF THE UNITED STATES GOVERNMENT AND WERE CRITICAL TO THE MISSION’S UNBELIEVABLE SUCCESS. LAST NIGHT WAS A GREAT NIGHT FOR THE UNITED STATES AND FOR THE WORLD. A BRUTAL KILLER, ONE WHO HAS CAUSED SO MUCH HARDSHIP AND DEATH, HAS VIOLENTLY BEEN ELIMINATED. HE WILL NEVER AGAIN HARM ANOTHER INNOCENT MAN, WOMAN, OR CHILD. HE DIED LIKE A DOG. HE DIED LIKE A COWARD. THE WORLD IS NOW A MUCH SAFER PLACE. GOD BLESS AMERICA. THANK YOU. ANY QUESTIONS?>>WHEN DID YOU FIRST HEAR THIS WAS AN OPERATION THAT WAS GOING TO GET STARTED?>>WE HAVE HAD HIM UNDER SURVEILLANCE A WEEKS. WE KNEW A LITTLE BIT ABOUT WHERE HE WAS GOING AND WHERE HE WAS HEADING. WE HAD VERY GOOD INFORMATION THAT HE WAS GOING TO ANOTHER LOCATION. HE DIDN’T GO. TWO OR THREE EFFORTS WERE CANCELLED BECAUSE HE DECIDED TO CHANGE HIS MIND. CONSTANTLY CHANGING HIS MIND. AND, FINALLY, WE SAW THAT HE WAS HERE, HELD UP HERE. WE KNEW SOMETHING ABOUT THE COMPOUND. WE KNEW IT HAD TUNNELS. THE TUNNELS WERE DEAD-END, FOR THE MOST PART. THERE WAS ONE, WE THINK, THAT WASN’T BUT WE HAD THAT COVERED TOO, JUST IN CASE. THE LEVEL OF INTELLIGENCE, THE LEVEL OF WORK WAS PRETTY AMAZING. WHEN WE LANDED WITH EIGHT HELICOPTERS, A LARGE CREW OF BRILLIANT FIGHTERS RAN OUT OF THOSE HELICOPTERS AND BLEW HOLES INTO THE SIDE OF THE BUILDING NOT WANTING TO GO THROUGH THE MAIN DOOR BECAUSE THAT WAS BOOBYTRAPPED. AND THERE WAS SOMETHING — THERE WAS SOMETHING REALLY AMAZING TO SEE. I GOT TO WATCH IT, ALONG WITH GENERAL MILLIE, VICE PRESIDENT PENCE, OTHERS IN THE SITUATION ROOM AND WE WATCHED IT SO CLEARLY. >>HOW DID YOU WATCH IT?>>I DON’T WANT TO SAY HOW BUT WE HAD ABSOLUTELY PERFECT AS THOUGH YOU WERE WATCHING A MOVIE. THE TECHNOLOGY THERE ALONE IS REALLY GREAT. A BIG PART OF THE TRIP THAT WAS OF GREAT DANGER WAS THE — IT WAS APPROXIMATELY AN HOUR AND TEN-MINUTE FLIGHT AND WE WERE FLYING OVER VERY, VERY DANGEROUS TERRITORY. IN FACT, SOME OF OUR LEADERS SAID THAT THAT COULD BE THE MOST DANGEROUS FLYING IN AND FLYING OUT AND THAT IS WHY LAST NIGHT WE WERE SO QUIET ABOUT IT. WE DIDN’T SAY ANYTHING. AND I DIDN’T MAKE MY REMARK UNTIL AFTER THEY HAD LANDED SAFELY IN A CERTAIN AREA. BUT THE FLIGHT IN AND THE FLIGHT OUT WAS A VERY, VERY DANGEROUS PART. THERE WAS A CHANCE THAT WE WOULD HAVE MET UNBELIEVABLE FIRE. RUSSIA TREATED US GREAT. THEY OPENED UP. WE HAD TO FLY OVER CERTAIN RUSSIA AREAS, RUSSIA-HELD AREAS. RUSSIA WAS GREAT. IRAQ WAS EXCELLENT. WE REALLY HAD GREAT COOPERATION. AND YOU HAVE TO UNDERSTAND, THEY DIDN’T KNOW WHAT WE WERE DOING AND WHERE WE WERE GOING EXACTLY. BUT THE ISIS FIGHTERS ARE HATED AS MUCH BY RUSSIA AND SOME OF THESE OTHER COUNTRIES AS THEY ARE BY US. AND THAT IS WHY I SAY THEY SHOULD START DOING A LOT OF THE FIGHTING NOW AND THEY WILL BE ABLE TO, I REALLY BELIEVE THEY WILL BE ABLE TO. YES, JENNIFER?>>WHAT ROLE DID THE KURDS PLAY IN THIS?>>THEY GAVE US NOT A MILITARY ROLE BUT GAVE US SOME INFORMATION THAT TURNED OUT TO BE HELPFUL, THE KURDS.>>CAN YOU TELL US WHAT THE ROLE OF TURKEY MIGHT HAVE BEEN AND IRAQ?>>WHO?>>WHAT WAS THE ROLE OF TURKEY? HOW DID THEY HELP?>>TURKEY, WE DEALT WITH THEM. THEY KNOW WE WERE GOING IN. WE FLEW OVER SOME TERRITORY. THEY WERE TERRIFIC. NO PROBLEM. THEY WERE NOT A PROBLEM. YOU KNOW, THEY COULD START SHOOTING AND THEN WE WILL TAKE THEM OUT, BUT A LOT OF BAD THINGS CAN HAPPEN. PLUS, IT WAS A VERY SECRET MISSION. WE FLEW VERY, VERY LOW AND VERY, VERY FAST, BUT IT WAS A VERY DANGEROUS PART OF THE MISSION. GETTING IN AND GETTING OUT, TOO, EQUAL. WE WENT IN IDENTICAL — WE TOOK AN IDENTICAL ROUTE AND MET WITH GUNFIRE COMING IN BUT IT WAS LOCAL GUNFIRE. THAT GUNFIRE WAS IMMEDIATELY TERMINATED. THESE PEOPLE ARE AMAZING. THEY HAD THE GUNFIRE TERMINATED IMMEDIATELY, MEANING THEY WERE SHOT FROM THE AIRSHIPS. >>I’M TRYING TO UNDERSTAND THE TIMING. YOU TALKED EARLIER, YOU KNOW, SEVERAL WEEKS ABOUT PULLING TROOPS OUT. YOU KNOW? AND THEN TROOPS BACK IN. AND YOU KNOW? I’M TRYING TO UNDERSTAND THE TIMING OF WHEN THIS OPERATION –>>I TELL YOU, FROM THE FIRST DAY I CAME TO OFFICE, AND NOW WE ARE GETTING TO CLOSE TO THREE YEARS, I WOULD SAY WHERE IS AL BAGHDADI? I WANT AL BAGHDADI. AND WE WOULD KILL TERRORIST LEADERS, BUT THEY WERE NAMES I NEVER HEARD OF IT AND NAMES THAT WERE NOT RECOGNIZABLE NAMES. THEY WERE BIG AND IMPORTANT ONES BUT NOT THE BIG NAMES. I SAID WHERE IS AL BAGHDADI? A COUPLE OF WEEKS AGO, THEY WERE ABLE TO SCOPE HIM OUT. YOU KNOW, THESE PEOPLE ARE VERY SMART, THEY ARE NOT INTO THE USE OF CELL PHONES ANY MORE. THEY ARE VERY TECHNICALLY BRILLIANT. THEY USE THE INTERNET BETTER THAN ANYONE IN THE WORLD, PERHAPS OTHER THAN DONALD TRUMP, BUT THEY USE THE INTERNET INCREDIBLY WELL. HE DIED LIKE A DOING. — HE DIED LIKE A DOG AND LIKE A COWARD AND WENT WHIMPERING AND SCREAMING AND CRYING AND I THINK SHOULD BE BROUGHT OUT. LIKE THE KIDS WHO WANT TO LEAVE VARIOUS COUNTRIES, INCLUDING THE UNITED STATES, THEY SHOULD SEE HOW HE DIED. HE DIDN’T DIE A HERO. HE DIED A COWARD, CRYING, WHIMPERING, SCREAMING AND BRINGING THREE KIDS WITH HIM. THREE KIDS WITH HIM TO DIE A CERTAIN DEATH. HE KNEW THE TUNNEL HAD NO END. THEY CALL IT A CLOSED-END TUNNEL. NOT A GOOD PLACE TO BE. >>WAS THERE GOING ON BEFORE YOU MADE THE ANNOUNCEMENT?>>I’VE BEEN LOOKING FOR HIM THREE YEARS. HE STARTED GETTING SOME POSITIVE FEEDBACK ABOUT A MONTH AGO. AND WE HAD SOME INCREDIBLE INTELLIGENCE OFFICIALS THAT DID A GREAT JOB. THAT’S WHAT THEY SHOULD BE FOCUSED ON.>>ABOUT WHAT TIME DID THIS OPERATION START YESTERDAY, SIR? AND DID YOU NOTIFY — >>THIS OPERATION STARTED TWO WEEKS AGO IN TERMS OF THE REAL OPERATION BECAUSE WE HAD HIM SCOPED. WE THOUGHT HE WOULD BE IN A CERTAIN LOCATION. HE WAS. THINGS STARTED CHECKING OUT VERY WELL. WE WERE INVOLVED ON OUR OWN TEAM WITH SOME BRILLIANT PEOPLE WHO I’VE GOTTEN TO KNOW. BRILLIANT PEOPLE THAT LOVE OUR COUNTRY. HIGHLY INTELLIGENT PEOPLE. AND WE HAVE HAD HAD PRETTY WELL SCOPED OUT FOR A COUPLE OF WEEKS BUT HE TENDS TO CHANGE IMMEDIATELY. HE HAD A LOT OF CASH. HE TENDS TO CHANGE LIKE ON A DIME WHERE HE’LL BE GOING TO A CERTAIN LOCATION AND, ALL OF A SUDDEN, HE’LL GO SOMEPLACE ELSE AND YOU’LL HAVE TO CANCEL. BUT THIS WAS ONE WHERE WE KNEW HE WAS THERE. AND YOU CAN NEVER BE 100% SURE BECAUSE YOU’RE BASING IT ON TECHNOLOGY MORE THAN ANYTHING ELSE. BUT WE THOUGHT HE WAS THERE. AND THEN WE GOT A CONFIRMATION AND WHEN WE WENT IN, THEY WERE GREETED WITH A LOT OF FIRE POWER, A LOT OF FIRE POWER. I TELL YOU, THESE GUYS, THEY DO A JOB, THEY ARE SO BRAVE AND SO GOOD AND SO, IMPORTANTLY, MANY OF HIS PEOPLE WERE KILLED AND WE WILL ANNOUNCE THE EXACT NUMBER OVER THE NEXT 24 HOURS. BUT MANY WERE KILLED. WE LOST NOBODY. THINK OF THAT. IT’S INCREDIBLE. >>WHEN YOU TOLD THE RUSSIANS –>>OUR DOG WAS HURT. ACTUALLY THE CANINE WAS HURT THAT WENT INTO THE TUNNEL. BUT WE LOST NOBODY.>>YOU REQUESTED TO THE RUSSIANS TO FLY OVER THIS AREA THAT THEY CONTROLLED — >>WE SPOKE TO THE RUSSIANS.>>WHAT DID YOU TELL THEM?>>WE TOLD THEM WE ARE COMING IN. AND THEY SAID, THANK YOU FOR TELLING US. THEY WERE VERY GOOD.>>DID YOU TELL THEM WHY?>>THEY DID NOT KNOW WHY. WE DID TELL THEM, WE THINK YOU’LL BE VERY HAPPY BECAUSE, AGAIN, THEY HATE ISIS AS MUCH AS WE DO. YOU KNOW WHAT ISIS HAS DONE TO RUSSIA. SO, NO, WE DID NOT TELL. THEY DID NOT NOPE THE MISSION BUT THEY KNEW WE WERE GOING OVER AN AREA THAT THEY HAD A LOT OF FIRE POWER.>>HAVE YOU NOTIFIED THE CONGRESSIONAL — ABOUT THIS PELOSI — >>WE HAVE NOTIFIED SOME. OTHERS ARE BEING NOTIFIED NOW AS I SPEAK. WE WERE GOING TO NOTIFY THEM LAST NIGHT BUT WE DECIDED NOT TO DO THAT BECAUSE WASHINGTON LEAKS LIKE I’VE NEVER SEEN BEFORE. THERE IS NOTHING — THERE IS NO COUNTRY IN THE WORLD THAT LEAKS LIKE WE DO. AND WASHINGTON IS A LEAKING MACHINE. AND I TOLD MY PEOPLE, WE WILL NOT NOTIFY THEM UNTIL — OUR GREAT PEOPLE ARE OUT, NOT JUST IN BUT OUT. I DON’T WANT TO HAVE THEM GREETED WITH FIRE POWER LIKE YOU WOULDN’T BELIEVE. SO WE WERE ABLE TO GET IN. IT WAS TOP SECRET. IT WAS KEPT. THERE WERE NO LEAKS, NO NOTHING. THE ONLY PEOPLE THAT KNEW ARE THE FEW PEOPLE I DEALT WITH AND MARK MILLIE AND THE JOINT CHIEFS OF STAFF WERE INCREDIBLE. WE HAD SOME TREMENDOUS BACKUP. ROBERT O’BRIEN, SECRETARY ESPER AND SECRETARY POMPEO. PENCE, I TOLD YOU. HE WAS GREAT. THIS IS A VERY SMALL GROUP OF PEOPLE THAT KNEW ABOUT THIS. WE HAD VERY, VERY FEW PEOPLE. A LEAK — A LEAK COULD HAVE COST THE DEATHS OF ALL OF THEM. NOW, THEY ARE SO GOOD THAT I THINK NOTHING WAS GOING TO STOP THEM ANY WAY IF YOU WANT TO KNOW THE TRUTH, THAT’S HOW GOOD THEY WERE. WE ALSO THEM SURROUNDED BY MASSIVE AIR POWER. UP IN THE AIR YESTERDAY SURROUNDED AT VERY HIGH LEVELS. WE WERE VERY LOW. WE HAD TREMENDOUS AIR POWER. >>YOU WATCHED THIS FROM THE SIT ROOM SOME WHO WERE YOU WITH IN THE SIT ROOM?>>SECRETARY ESPER AND A FEW OF THE JOINT CHIEFS, MARK MILLIE, SOME GENERALS. WE HAD SOME VERY GREAT MILITARY PEOPLE IN THAT ROOM AND WE HAD SOME GREAT INTELLIGENCE PEOPLE, ROBERT O’BRIEN. HE IS REALLY GREAT. YES?>>WAS THE PULL OUT OF U.S. TROOPS IN SYRIA LAST WEEK TIED WITH THIS RAID?>>NO. RIGHT. GREAT QUESTION. AND YOU’RE DOING A GREAT JOB, BY THE WAY. YOUR NETWORK IS FANTASTIC. THEY REALLY ARE DOING A GREAT JOB. PLEASE LET THEM KNOW. NO. THE PULL-OUT HAD NOTHING TO DO WITH THIS. IN FACT, WE FOUND THIS OUT AT A SIMILAR TIME. IT’S A VERY GOOD QUESTION BECAUSE WE FOUND THIS OUT AT A SIMILAR TIME. NO, WE ARE AFTER THESE LEADERS AND WE HAVE OTHERS IN SIGHT, VERY BAD ONES, BUT THIS WAS THE BIG ONE. THIS IS THE BIGGEST ONE, PERHAPS THAT WE HAVE EVER CAPTURED BECAUSE THIS IS THE ONE THAT BUILT ISIS AND BEYOND. AND WAS LOOKING TO REBUILD IT AGAIN, VERY, VERY STRONGLY LOOKING TO BUILD IT AGAIN AND THIS IS WHY HE WENT TO THIS PROVINCE, THIS IS WHY HE WENT TO THIS AREA. A LOT OF PEOPLE I WAS WATCHING THIS MORNING AND HEARING AND THEY SAY WHY WAS HE THERE? PEOPLE WERE VOLUNTEER SURPRISED. THAT IS WHERE HE WAS TRYING TO REBUILD FROM BECAUSE THAT WAS THE PLACE THAT MADE MOST SENSE IF YOU’RE LOOKING TO REBUILD. YEAH?>>[ INAUDIBLE ] WHEN DID YOU DECIDE TO SEND THE TWEET?>>I SENT THAT AFTER I KNEW THEY HAD LANDED SAFELY. >>WHEN THEY HAD RETURNED?>>RIGHT. THAT WAS TO NOTIFY YOU GUYS YOU HAVE SOMETHING BIG THIS MORNING SO YOU WOULDN’T BE OUT PLAYING GOLF OR TENNIS OR OTHERWISE BEING INDISPOSED. >>WHERE WERE THEY SAFE? WHERE DID THEY LAND?>>I’D RATHER NOT SAY BUT WE LANDED IN A VERY FRIENDLY PORT IN A FRIENDLY COUNTRY.>>GIVE YOU ANY PAUSE ABOUT YOUR DECISION TO WITHDRAWAL TROOPS?>>NO, I THINK IT’S GREAT. LOOK. WE DON’T WANT TO KEEP SOLDIERS BETWEEN SYRIA AND TURKEY FOR THE NEXT 200 YEARS. THEY HAVE BEEN FIGHTING FOR HUNDREDS OF YEARS. WE ARE OUT. BUT WE ARE LEAVING SOLDIERS TO SECURE THE OIL. WE MAY HAVE TO FIGHT FOR THE OIL. THAT’S OKAY. MAYBE SOMEBODY ELSE WANTS THE OIL, IN WHICH CASE, THEY HAVE A HELL OF A FIGHT, BUT THERE IS MASSIVE AMOUNTS OF OIL AND WE ARE SECURING IT FOR A COUPLE OF REASONS. NUMBER ONE, IT STOPS ISIS BECAUSE ISIS GOT TREMENDOUS WEALTH FROM THAT OIL. WE HAVE TAKEN IT, SECURED IT. NUMBER TWO — AGAIN, SOMEBODY ELSE MAY CLAIM IT BUT WE WILL EITHER NEGOTIATE A DEAL WHOEVER IS CLAIMING IT, IF WE THINK IT’S FAIR OR MILITARILY STOP THEM VERY QUICKLY. WE HAVE TREMENDOUS POWER IN THAT PART OF THE WORLD. WE HAVE — YOU KNOW, THE AIRPORT IS RIGHT NEARBY. A VERY BIG, MONSTROUS, VERY POWERFUL AIRPORT AND VERY EXPENSIVE AIRPORT THAT WAS BUILT YEARS AGO. WE ARE IN THERE FOR — WE ARE IN THAT MIDDLE EAST NOW FOR EIGHT TRILLION DOLLARS. SO WE DON’T WANT TO BE KEEPING SYRIA AND TURKEY — THEY ARE GOING TO HAVE TO MAKE THEIR OWN DECISION. THE KURDS HAVE WORKED ALONG INCREDIBLY WELL. BUT IN ALL FAIRNESS, IT WAS MUCH EASIER DEALING WITH THE KURDS AFTER THEY WENT THROUGH THREE DAYS OF FIGHTING BECAUSE THAT WAS A BRUTAL THREE DAYS. WE WOULD HAVE SAID TO THE KURDS, HEY, DO YOU MIND MOVING OVER SEVEN MILES? THEY WERE IN THE MIDDLE MOSTLY. YOU SO SEVEN OR EIGHT MILES. COULD YOU MIND MOVING OVER? BECAUSE I HAVE TO SAY, TURKEY HAS TAKEN TREMENDOUS DEATHS FROM THAT PART OF THE WORLD. YOU KNOW, WE CALL IT A SAFE ZONE BUT IT WAS ANYTHING BUT A SAFE ZONE. TURKEY HAS LOST THOUSANDS AND THOUSANDS OF PEOPLE FROM THAT SAFE ZONE SO THEY HAVE ALWAYS WANTED THAT SAFE ZONE FOR MANY YEARS AND I’M GLAD I WAS ABLE TO HELP THEM GET IT BUT WE DON’T WANT IT. I WANT OUR SOLDIERS HOME OR FIGHTING SOMETHING THAT IS MEANINGFUL. I TELL YOU WHO LOVES US BEING THERE — RUSSIA AND CHINA. BECAUSE WHILE THEY BUILD THEIR MILITARY, WE ARE DEPLETING OUR MILITARY THERE, SO RUSSIA LOVES US BEING THERE. RUSSIA LIKES US BEING THERE FOR TWO REASONS. BECAUSE WE KILL ISIS, WE KILL TERRORISTS, AND THEY ARE VERY CLOSE TO RUSSIA. WE ARE 8,000 MILES AWAY. MAYBE THEY CAN GET HERE, BUT WE HAVE DONE VERY WELL WITH HOMELAND SECURITY AND THE BAND WHICH, BY THE WAY, IS APPROVED BY THE UNITED STATES SUPREME COURT, AS YOU KNOW? YOU KNOW? A REPORTER THAT SAID WE LOST A CASE AND HE WAS RIGHT IN THE EARLY COURT. HE DIDN’T WANT TO SAY JUST REFUSED TO SAY THAT WE WON THE CASE IN THE SUPREME COURT SO, YOU KNOW? BUT WE HAVE A VERY EFFECTIVE BAN AND IT’S VERY HARD FOR PEOPLE TO COME TO OUR COUNTRY BUT IT’S MANY THOUSANDS OF MILES AWAY, WHEREAS, RUSSIA IS RIGHT THERE, TURKEY IS RIGHT THERE. SYRIA IS THERE. THEY ARE ALL RIGHT THERE. EXCUSE ME. IRAN IS RIGHT THERE. IRAQ IS RIGHT THERE. THEY ALL HATE ISIS. SO WE DON’T, YOU KNOW — IN THEORY, THEY SHOULD DO SOMETHING. I GIVE YOU SOMETHING ELSE. THE EUROPEANS NATIONS HAVE BEEN A TREMENDOUS DISAPPOINTMENT BECAUSE I PERSONALLY CALLED — BUT MY PEOPLE CALLED A LOT — TAKE YOUR ISIS FIGHTERS AND THEY DIDN’T WANT THEM. THEY SAID, WE DON’T WANT THEM. THEY CAME FROM FRANCE, THEY CAME FROM GERMANY, THEY CAME FROM THE UK, THEY CAME FROM A LOT OF COUNTRIES. AND I ACTUALLY SAID TO THEM, YOU KNOW, TAKE THEM, I’M GOING TO DROP THEM RIGHT ON YOUR BORDER AND YOU CAN HAVE FUN CAPTURING THEM. BUT THE UNITED STATES TAXPAYER IS NOT GOING TO PAY FOR THE NEXT 50 YEARS. YOU SEE WHAT GUANTANAMO COST. WE WANT PEOPLE TO GO BACK TO FRANCE AND UK AND OTHER PARTS OF EUROPE AND THEY CAN WALK BACK BUT NOT TO OUR COUNTRY. WE HAVE LOTS OF WATER IN BETWEEN OUR COUNTRY AND THEM. SO, YEAH, GO. >>YOU MENTIONED YOU HAD MET SOME — GOTTEN TO KNOW SOME BRILLIANT PEOPLE ALONG THIS PROCESS WHO HELPED PROVIDE INFORMATION AND ADVICE ALONG THE WAY. IS THERE ANYONE IN PARTICULAR OR WOULD YOU LIKE TO GIVE ANYONE CREDIT FOR GETTING TO THIS POINT TODAY?>>WELL, I WOULD BUT IF I MENTIONED ONE, I HAVE TO MENTION SO MANY. I SPOKE TO SENATOR RICHARD BURR THIS MORNING. YOU KNOW HE IS VERY SOLVED WITH INTELLIGENCE AND THE COMMITTEE. AND HE IS A GREAT GENTLEMEN. I SPOKE WITH LINDSEY GRAHAM JUST A LITTLE WHILE AGO AND HE IS RIGHT OVER HERE AND HE HAS BEEN VERY MUCH INVOLVED IN THIS SUBJECT AND HE A VERY STRONG HAWK, BUT I THINK LINDSEY AGREES WITH WHAT WE ARE DOING NOW. AGAIN, THERE ARE PLENTY OF OTHER COUNTRIES THAT CAN HELP THEM PATROL. I DON’T WANT TO LEAVE A THOUSAND OR 2,000 OR 3,000 SOLDIERS ON THE BORDER, BUT LINDSEY AND I TOTALS AGREE IS THE OIL. THE OIL IS SO VALUABLE FOR MANY REASONS. IT FUELED ISIS, NUMBER ONE. NUMBER TWO, IT HELPS THE KURDS, BECAUSE IT’S BASICALLY BEEN TAKEN AWAY FROM THE KURDS. THEY WERE ABLE TO LIVE WITH THAT OIL. NUMBER THREE, IT CAN HELP US BECAUSE WE SHOULD BE ABLE TO TAKE SOME ALSO AND WHAT I INTEND TO DO, PERHAPS, IS MAKE A DEAL WITH AN EXXONMOBIL OR ONE OF OUR GREAT COMPANIES TO GO IN THERE AND DO IT PROPERLY. RIGHT NOW, IT’S NOT BIG. IT’S BIG OIL UNDERGROUND BUT IT’S NOT BIG OIL UP TOP. MUCH OF THE MACHINERY HAS BEEN SHOT AND DEAD. IT’S BEEN THROUGH WARS. BUT — AND SPREAD OUT THE WEALTH. BUT, NO, WE ARE PROTECTING THE OIL. WE ARE SECURING THE OIL. NOW THAT DOESN’T MEAN WE DON’T MAKE A DEAL AT SOME POINT. THEY ARE FIGHTING FOR A THOUSAND YEARS, THEY ARE FIGHTING FOR CENTURIES. I WANT TO BRING OUR SOLDIERS BACK HOME. BUT I DO WANT TO SECURITY THE OIL. IF YOU READ ABOUT THE HISTORY OF DONALD TRUMP, I WAS A CIVILIAN. I HAD ABSOLUTELY NOTHING TO DO WITH GOING INTO IRAQ AND I WAS TOTALLY AGAINST IT. BUT I ALWAYS USED TO SAY, IF THEY ARE GOING TO GO IN, NOBODY CARED THAT MUCH, BUT IT GOT WRITTEN ABOUT, IF THEY ARE GOING TO GO IN, I’M SURE YOU’VE HEARD THE STATEMENT. I MADE IT TO EVERY HUMAN BEING ALIVE. IF THEY ARE GOING INTO IRAQ, KEEP THE OIL. THEY NEVER DID. THEY NEVER DID. I KNOW LINDSEY GRAHAM HAD A BILL WE WOULD HAVE BEEN PAID BACK FOR THE BILLIONS OF DOLLARS WE SPENT, MANY, MANY BILLIONS OF DOLLARS. I HATE TO SAY IT, IT’S ACTUALLY TRILLIONS OF DOLLARS BUT MANY, MANY BILLIONS OF DOLLARS. BY ONE VOTE THEY WERE UNABLE TO GET THAT APPROVED IN THE SENATE AND HAD BIG OPPOSITION. IF YOU DID THAT, IRAQ WOULD BE A DIFFERENT STORY TODAY BECAUSE THEY WOULD BE ON THE GROUND US A LOT OF MONEY AND TREATING US DIFFERENTLY BUT I HAVE TO SAY IRAQ WAS VERY GOOD WITH RESPECT TO LAST NIGHT. >>I KNEW ABOUT THIS FOR THREE DAYS. WE THOUGHT THREE DAYS THIS IS WHAT IS GOING TO HAPPEN. IT WAS ACTUALLY — LOOK. NOBODY WAS EVEN HURT. OUR CANINE, AS — I CALL IT A DOG. A BEAUTIFUL DOG. A TALENTED DOG. IT WAS INJURED AND BROUGHT BACK. BUT WE HAD NO SOLDIER INJURED AND THEY DID A LOT OF SHOOTING AND BLASTING. EVEN NOT GOING THROUGH THE FRONT DOOR. YOU THINK YOU GO THROUGH THE DOOR. IF YOU’RE A NORMAL PERSON YOU SAY, KNOCK, KNOCK, MAY YOU COME IN? THE FACT IS THAT THEY BLASTED THEIR WAY INTO THE HOUSE IN A VERY HEAVY WALL AND IT TOOK THEM LITERALLY SECONDS. BY THE TIME THOSE THINGS WENT OFF, THEY HAD A BEAUTIFUL BIG HOLE AND THEY RAN IN AND GOT EVERYBODY BY SURPRISE. UNBELIEVABLY BRILLIANT AS FIGHTERS. I CAN’T IMAGINE THERE COULD BE ANYBODY BETTER AND THESE, AS YOU KNOW, ARE A TOP OPERATIONS PEOPLE.>>BAGHDADI, APPARENTLY, HAD BEEN IN — FOR SOME TIME. WAS THERE ANY INDICATION OF THAT?>>WELL, WE DON’T KNOW THAT. BUT HE WAS THE LAST ONE OUT AND HIS PEOPLE HAD EITHER BEEN KILLED, WHICH THERE WERE MANY, OR GAVE UP AND CAME OUT BECAUSE WITH THE 11 CHILDREN THAT CAME OUT, WE WERE ABLE TO DO THAT. WE DON’T KNOW IF THEY I RECALL HIS CHILDREN. THEY MIGHT HAVE BEEN. BUT THREE DIED IN THE TUNNEL. THE TUNNEL COLLAPSED WITH THE EXPLOSION. BUT YOU HAD OTHER FIGHTERS COMING OUT ALSO AND THEY ARE BEING BROUGHT BACK — THEY ARE, RIGHT NOW, WE HAVE THEM IMPRISONED. >>DO YOU REMEMBER WHAT TIME YOU WENT IN THE SITUATION ROOM?>>WELL, I STARTED AT 5:00. WE WERE PRETTY MUCH GATHERED AT 5:00 YESTERDAY. WE WERE IN CONTACT ALL DAY LONG THROUGH — HOPEFULLY, SECURELY PHONES. I’LL LET YOU KNOW TOMORROW BUT NOTHING SEEMED TO LEAK SO I GUESS THEY WERE SECURE FOR A CHANGE. BUT WE GATHERED MORE OR LESS AT 5:00. THE ATTACK STARTED MOMENTS AFTER THAT. THE LIFTOFF STARTED MOMENTS AFTER THAT. AGAIN, THE ELEMENT OF ATTACK THAT THEY WERE MOST AFRAID OF WAS GETTING FROM OUR BASE INTO THAT COMPOUND, BECAUSE THIS TREMENDOUS FIRE POWER THAT WE WERE FLYING OVER, AND I WON’T GO INTO IT, BUT YOU HAD A VERY BIG RUSSIAN PRESENCE IN ONE AREA. YOU HAD A TURKISH PRESENCE. YOU HAD A SYRIAN PRESENCE. AND YOU’RE FLYING LOW. IT’S VERY DANGEROUS. AND THERE WERE SHOTS MADE BUT WE THINK THESE WERE PEOPLE THAT WERE SHOOTING THAT WERE INDISCRIMINATELY SHOOTING. HELICOPTERS TOOK SOME SHOTS BUT WE THINK THAT THESE WERE PEOPLE THAT WERE JUST RANDOM PEOPLE THAT DON’T LIKE TO SEE HELICOPTERS, I GUESS.>>WAS THERE ANY KIND OF DNA TEST DONE?>>SO THAT IS ANOTHER PART OF THE GENIUS OF THESE PEOPLE. THEY BROUGHT HIS — THEY HAVE HIS DNA. MORE OF IT THAN THEY WANT EVEN. AND THEY BROUGHT IT WITH THEM WITH LAB TECHNICIANS WHO WERE WITH THEM AND THEY ASSUMED THAT THIS WAS BAGHDADI. THEY THOUGHT VISUALLY IT WAS HIM BUT THEY ASSUMED IT WAS HIM, AND THEY DID A SITE, AN ON-SITE TEST AND THEY GOT SAMPLES. TO GET TO HIS BODY, THEY HAD TO REMOVE A LOT OF DEBRIS BECAUSE THE TUNNEL HAD COLLAPSED BUT THESE PEOPLE ARE VERY GOOD AT THAT. AND AS I SAID, THEY BROUGHT BODY PARTS BACK WITH THEM, ET CETERA, ET CETERA. THERE WASN’T MUCH LEFT. THE VEST BLEW UP, BUT THERE ARE STILL SUBSTANTIAL PIECES THAT THEY BROUGHT BACK. SO THEY DID IT ON-SITE TEST BECAUSE WE HAD TO KNOW THIS. AND IT WAS A VERY QUICK CALL THAT TOOK PLACE ABOUT 15 MINUTES AFTER HE WAS KILLED AND IT WAS POSITIVE, THIS IS A CONFIRMATION, SIR.>>IT’S ALSO RECORDED THAT HIS WIFE — OR ONE OF HIS WIVES DETONATED A VEST. >>THERE WERE TWO WOMEN, BOTH WIVES, BOTH WEARING VESTS. THEY HAD NOT DETONATED, BUT THE FACT THAT THEY WERE DEAD AND THEY HAD VESTS ON MADE IT VERY DIFFICULT FOR OUR MEN BECAUSE THEY HAD VESTS ON. AND IT MADE IT VERY DIFFICULT FOR OUR MEN BECAUSE YOU NEVER KNOW WHAT IS GOING TO HAPPEN. THEY NEVER DETONATED BUT THEY WERE DEAD. >>ON THE POSSIBLE SUCCESS, HAVE YOU BEEN BRIEFED ON WHO — >>YEAH, WE KNOW THE SUCCESSORS. AND WE HAVE ALREADY GOT THEM IN OUR SIGHTS AND WE WILL TELL YOU THAT RIGHT NOW. BUT WE KNOW THE SUCCESSORS. HAMZA BIN LADEN WAS A BIG THING BUT THIS IS THE BIGGEST THERE IS. THIS IS THE WORST EVER. OSAMA BIN LADEN WAS VERY BIG BUT HE BECAME BIG WITH THE WORLD TRADE CENTER. THIS IS A MAN WHO BUILT A HOLE AS HE WOULD LIKE TO CALL IT, A COUNTRY, A CALIPHATE. AND WAS TRYING TO DO IT AGAIN. I HAD NOT HEARD TOO MUCH ABOUT HIS HEALTH BUT HEARD STORIES HE MAY NOT HAVE BEEN IN GOOD HEALTH BUT HE DIED IN A RUTHLESS AND VICIOUS MANNER [ INAUDIBLE QUESTION ]>>WE HAVE PEOPLE THAT WERE TAKEN AND MANY OF THE PEOPLE DIED ON THE SITE BUT WE HAVE PEOPLE THAT WERE TAKEN AND THE CHILDREN WE LEFT THEM UNDER CARE OF SOMEBODY THAT WE UNDERSTAND. >>DO YOU BELIEVE — >>11 CHILDREN. >>HOW MANY ADULTS?>>I’D RATHER NOT SAY AND LEAVE THAT TO THE GENERALS BUT A SMALL GROUP. MORE DEAD THAN ALIVE. >>WHICH SPECIAL OPERATIONS TEAM WERE INVOLVED?>>MANY OF THEM. AND AT THE TOP LEVEL AND PEOPLE THAT WERE TRULY INCREDIBLE AT THEIR CRAFT. I’VE NEVER SEEN ANYTHING LIKE IT. >>AS FAR AS PARTNERSHIPS GO, WERE THERE ANY OTHER FORCES INVOLVED OR WAS THERE ONLY AMERICAN TROOPS?>>ONLY AMERICAN FORCES. ONLY AMERICAN FORCES BUT WE WERE GIVEN GREAT COOPERATION. >>DID THE U.S. — >>WE TOLD THE RUSSIANS WE ARE COMING IN BECAUSE WE HAD TO GO OVER THEM. AND THEY WERE CURIOUS BUT WE SAID WE ARE COMING. WE SAID, LOOK, WE ARE COMING BUT THEY WERE VERY COOPERATIVE. THEY WERE REALLY GOOD. WE DID SAY IT WOULD BE A MISSION THAT THEY WOULD LIKE, TOO. AGAIN, THEY HATE ISIS AS MUCH AS WE DO. >>I MEANT FOR INTEL PURPOSES. ANY FOREIGN INTEL IN THIS OPERATION?>>WE HAD OUR OWN INTEL. WE GOT VERY LITTLE HELP. WE DIDN’T NEED VERY MUCH HELP. WE HAVE SOME INCREDIBLE PEOPLE. WHEN WE USE OUR INTELLIGENCE CORRECTLY, WHAT WE CAN DO IS INCREDIBLE. WHEN WE WASTE OUR TIME WITH INTELLIGENCE, THAT HURTS OUR COUNTRY BECAUSE WE HAD POOR LEADERSHIP AT THE TIME. THAT’S NOT GOOD. BUT I’VE GOTTEN TO KNOW MANY OF THE INTEL PEOPLE AND I WILL SAY THAT THEY ARE SPECTACULAR. NOW THEY ARE NOT GOING TO WANT TO TALK ABOUT IT AND WANT TO KEEP IT QUIET. THE LAST THING THEY WANT, BECAUSE THESE ARE GREAT PATRIOTS. BUT THE PEOPLE THAT I’VE BEEN DEALING WITH ARE INCREDIBLE PEOPLE AND IT’S REALLY A DESERVING NAME, INTELLIGENCE. I’VE DEALT WITH SOME PEOPLE THAT AREN’T VERY INTELLIGENT, HAVING TO DO WITH INTEL. BUT THIS IS THE TOP PEOPLE AND IT WAS INCREDIBLE. IT WAS FLAWLESS AND IT WAS VERY COMPLICATED. BUT SO I DO APPRECIATE RUSSIA, TURKEY, IRAQ, AND SYRIA, TO AN TENTH, BECAUSE WE ARE FLYING INTO SYRIA. A LOT OF SYRIAN PEOPLE WITH LOTS OF GUNS. SO WE HAD GOOD COVER FOR PROBABLY THE MOST DANGEROUS PART. IT WOULD NOT — WHEN YOU FLY 234, IT DOESN’T SOUND LIKE THAT WOULD BE THE MOST DANGEROUS WHEN YOU’RE GOING INTO SHOOTING NESTS AND ALL OF THE THINGS THAT HAPPENED ONCE THEY BROKE INTO THAT PRETTY POWERFUL COMPOUND. THIS WAS A VERY STRONG COMPOUND. AND AS I SAID, HAD TUNNELS. BUT THE MOST DANGEROUS PART, WE HAD GREAT COOPERATION — YES, MA’AM?>>SPEAKER PELOSI AHEAD OF TIME, DID YOU SPEAK WITH HER?>>NO, I DIDN’T DO THAT. I WANT THIS KEPT SECRET. I DON’T WANT MEN LOST AND WOMEN. I DON’T WANT TO HAVE PEOPLE LOST. >>DO YOU ANTICIPATE INVITING THE SPECIAL FORCES TEAM TO THE WHITE HOUSE AFTER?>>OH, YEAH, THEY WILL BE INVITED. I DON’T KNOW IF THEY WILL WANT TO HAVE THEIR FACES SHOWN, TO BE HONEST WITH YOU. YOU KNOW? THEY ARE INCREDIBLE FOR THE COUNTRY. THEY ARE NOT LOOKING FOR PUBLIC RELATIONS. BUT THEY LOVE DOING WHAT THEY ARE DOING. I’VE SEEN IT. FIRST LADY WAS OUT THERE RECENTLY LOOKING AT WHAT THEY DO. SHE CAME BACK AND SHE SAID, WOW. I’VE NEVER SEEN ANYTHING LIKE THAT. THE TRAINING, YOU KNOW? ALL OF THE TRAINING AND THE POWER OF THE PEOPLE. THE MEN AND WOMEN, THE STRENGTH, THE PHYSICAL STRENGTH, THE MENTAL STRENGTH. THESE ARE INCREDIBLE PEOPLE. THESE ARE VERY UNIQUE INDIVIDUALS. >>YOU MENTIONED WHIMPERING. DID YOU MENTION THAT ON YOUR VIDEO?>>I DON’T WANT TO TALK ABOUT IT BUT HE WAS SCREAMING, CRYING, AND WHIMPERING AND HE WAS SCARED OUT OF HIS MIND. AND THINK OF JAMES FOLEY, THINK OF KAYLA, THINK OF THE THINGS HE DID TO KAYLA! WHAT HE DID TO FOLEY AND SO MANY OTHERS. AND FOR THOSE PEOPLE THAT SAY, OH, ISN’T THIS A LITTLE VIOLENT? THINK OF HOW MANY TIMES HAVE YOU SEEN MEN — I THINK IN ALL CASES MEN FOR THE MOST PART, DID YOU IN TERMS OF THIS — WHERE YOU SEE THE ORANGE SUITS AND YOU SEE THE OCEAN AND THEY ARE BEHEADED. OR HOW MANY OF YOU GOT TO SEE — BECAUSE IT WAS OUT THERE — THE JORDANIAN PILOT WHOSE PLAIN WENT DOWN AND THEY CAPTURED HIM AND THEY SET HIM ON FIRE. THE KING OF JORDAN ACTUALLY ATTACKED VERY POWERFULLY WHEN THAT HAPPENED. I’VE NEVER SEEN ANYTHING LIKE THAT BUT HE SET HIM ON FIRE. THIS WAS AL BAGHDADI AND YOU SHOULD NEVER, EVER HOPEFULLY, SEE A THING LIKE THAT AGAIN. NOW, THERE WILL BE NEW PEOPLE EMERGE BUT THIS WAS THE WORST OF THIS PARTICULAR WORLD. THIS WAS THE WORST. PROBABLY IN CERTAIN WAYS THE SMARTEST. HE WAS ALSO A COWARD. HE DIDN’T WANT TO DIE. THINK OF IT. EVERYBODY WAS OUT AND WE WERE ABLE TO SEARCH HIM DOWN AND FIND HIM IN THE TUNNEL. WE KNEW THE TUNNEL EXISTED AND THAT IS WHERE HE WAS. >>YOU’VE TAKEN A LOT OF HEAT FOR THIS PULLOUT. DO YOU THINK THIS WILL CHANGE –>>I DON’T HAVE A SYRIA PULL-OUT. I DON’T WANT TO GUARD TURKEY AND SYRIA THE REST OF OUR LIVES. I DON’T WANT TO DO IT. IT’S VERY EXPENSIVE AND DANGEROUS AND THEY HAVE BEEN FIGHTING FOR CENTURIES. I DON’T WANT TO HAVE MY PEOPLE, 2,000 MEN AND WOMEN OR A THOUSAND OR 28. WE HAD 28 — I DON’T WANT THEM THERE ANYWHERE. I DON’T WANT THEM. NOW I WILL SECURE THE OIL. THAT HAPPENS TO BE IN CERTAIN PART BUT THAT IS TREMENDOUS MONEY INVOLVED.>>YOU’VE BEEN LISTENING TO PRESIDENT OF THE UNITED STATES CONFIRMING THE NEWS HAD BEEN LEAKING OUT ALL MORNING THAT U.S. SPECIAL FORCES HAVE KILLED THE FORMER — OR FORMER HEAD OF ISIS ABU BAKR AL BAGHDADI. THISAT HAS BEEN AN NBC NEWS SPECIAL REPORT. FOR SOME OF YOU, “MEET THE PRESS”

100 thoughts to “Special Report: President Donald Trump Makes Statement From White House | NBC News”

  1. Nice try to make it seem as though you are saving the world from Isis when, in fact they are on the rise thanks to your cowardly ways. Turning your back on our allies. Loser trump.

  2. Malachi 4:1-3
    For behold, the day is coming, burning like an oven, when all the arrogant and all evildoers will be stubble. The day that is coming shall set them ablaze, says the Lord of hosts, so that it will leave them neither root nor branch. 2 But for you who fear my name, the sun of righteousness shall rise with healing in its wings. You shall go out leaping like calves from the stall. 3 And you shall tread down the wicked, for they will be ashes under the soles of your feet, on the day when I act, says the Lord of hosts.

  3. Go on Trump tell these dogs!!! No doubt the fake news is trying to down play it and wants to talk about your hair or spelling!!! You got done what others failed and your taking USA out of wars. GOOD MAN!! STICK IT TO THE SCUMS AND SATANISTS.

  4. It's pretty simple folks,. the Kurds are a small Terrorist group as far as Turkey is concerned. Turkey is a Full NATO MEMBER
    With the largest standing army in Europe. We helped the Kurds fight Isis. We are not going to get between the Turks and the Kurds.
    They are ancient enemies and will be enemies as long as they both exist.

  5. It would be wise for everyone to be on alert for a while, Bigdaddys friends will want revenge,. …….. If you see something,say something!!!

  6. Got one? but your negligence got hundreds more released after betraying the Kurds? that means nothing…. and then He thanks the Russians and the turks for meddling in our democracy? and he also thanks the genocide Syria….what a clown… what a disgrace… the world laughs….

  7. When the opposition forces is unable to come to grips with the reality that the leader was killed, the question the TIMING.

  8. I would have just fine with this pres. If he would have ONLY made this statment in the past 3 years. But everything before today has happend…..SMH

  9. Wait a minute, in 2017 trump said ISIS was defeated. Now he claims their current leader dead. Another problem ISIS has a new leader. Because traitor trump released all of those ISIS prisoners

  10. thank you our courageous USA MILITARY!, President Trump, and thank you canine soldiers. Now for the 'others' – Omar & AOC. Lets get these sproutlings uprooted from the 9-11 planting (forced onto US soil). they're yet young and shallow rooted.

  11. NO!!! THIS SNEAK ONE OR A NUMBER 2 THATS IT JUST THE TYPICAL MANEUVER THE 5 YEAR OLD TRUMP . STILL TIME IMPEACHMENT IMPEACHMENT
    YOUR NOT GOING TRY IT LAST MINUTE POINT NO!
    ITS JUST NOT GOOD ENOUGH
    TRUMP CHUMP. CRIMINAL CHARGES AGAINST TRUMP CHUMP IS BUILDING AND BUILDING IMPEACHMENT

  12. President Trump may very well be the Greatest U.S. President ever ! President Trump has helped all Americans black/brown.asian/white you haters can kiss my grits !

  13. 1:00:24 what you need to know about every war in the Middle East. I am not a Trump fan but this is the truest thing he have said

  14. He was reading like that 4th grade kid in your class that has to stand up and read a page from a book and has trouble pronouncing the words. And then here he comes with his own back slapping saying no one knows how to use the internet better than Donald Trump (he loves to refer to himself like that. Wants to make sure he doesn’t forget his own name.)

  15. it's fake propaganda designed to make US citizens feel warm and fuzzy and to keep paying their taxes for needless wars.

    …who will the next boogie man terrorists be, spin the wheel and we'll find out as Billion$ of tax dollars vanish into thin air.

  16. This is great, but mark my words: Donny's gonna milk this dry for distraction.
    I'm proud of Delta Force and proud to be a veteran.

  17. Now let’s go get the enemies of the United States: the dishonest mainstream media members, corrupt intelligence agents, and others in the social media activists suppressing free speech.
    Let’s hang them!

  18. President Donald Trump is my president and the president of the American people no of the midian and Democrats president

  19. How much is ISIS selling these franchises for?
    How does it work? Do they supply all the food and take care of the advertising?

  20. Proud as can be of President Trumps Leadership, and the Actions of our Military. One very dead terrorist resting in many many pieces. now watch the trolls go crazy

  21. Next week, Trump will change the story to 23 helicopters, an alliance agreement with Mars which allowed Martians to assist us in the raid with tremendously generous blessings and support from Venus. After the raid, 930 world leaders called Trump to thank him personally with tears in their eyes that Abudaddy was killed and that Trump should be promoted to President of Earth. Everyone was so grateful that even after Abuindaddy died, he came back in ghost form and even thanked Trump himself for finding and killing him.

    All hail our supreme orange cheeseburger and God of the Universe; Donald Dumbshit.

    The only people I'd thank are the soldiers who actually went over and did the work. Trump sitting in a little "situation room" and staring at a TV screen is not exactly what I consider "contributing".

  22. trump always talks like a complete moron, bragging, often contradicting himself, using first-name narrative, rambling, exaggerating and repeating the same adjectives and points excessively. How much of his narrative is true? I doubt very much that al-Baghdadi was "whimpering, screaming and crying". He is soooo inappropriate and a huge embarrassment!

  23. To think that at this point in obamas administration ISIS had taken over iraq, yemen, libya and most of syria and yet #presidenttrump has done more to combat ISIS than obama did in his entire 2 terms

  24. The United States created Al-Qaeda to fight the Soviets. The United States created Isis which was formed in the aftermath of the mass destruction of Iraq by the United States under false pretenses.

  25. What is that to make for gette how is USA lost power in the world no one beliv USA any more.America is good business country all see is how USA sell kurdish people what operation why this time

  26. Unlike Obama Trump had cooperation from the nation where the operation took place. That's what I call diplomacy.

  27. Thanks to those brave Kurds, Working with thos American troops before trump decided to pull everyone out of there! This event occurred no thanks with Nothing to do with trump….. He almost wrecked the whole mission ! As usual he is better playing in mari largo as James Bond alias Mr Bean. he is a disgrace to watch and an even worse leader. Loves to embellish and lies about every sentence that he can spout out of his evil mouth. The way he spouts we you would think he was on this mission.. Send him to the oil fields. Or a visit to the Kurdish leaders to explain himself…..

  28. We Are President Trump’s Die-Hard Supporters & On The Rise.
    We Are an Endless Army of US Patriots Who Fight for Freedom, Justice & The Rule of Law.
    We Don’t give up & We Don't Back Down.
    Soon, We’ll Take Over the House,,, KEEP the Senate, DRAIN THE SWAMP and RE-ELECT Pres. Trump.
    Just Like 2016,,,, We WIll Destroy The Do Nothing. Demo-CRAPS in 2020 AGAIN. ____EXPECT US !

  29. They are so blinded and will never and cant ever understand who is in control and stands behind our president !! …our Lord and king jesus Christ our father and savior … As long we have a man after our lord heart USA 🇺🇸 will win always and have favor from every leader around the world …!!! And it's been proven once again and no blood was spill from our man and women not like pass President in our pass history !!

  30. Kurds commander in chief of the Kurdish-led Syrian Democratic Forces, Gen. Mazloum Abdi, hailed the raid early Sunday, adding that there was "joint intel cooperation on the ground and accurate monitoring" for five months.

  31. still President trump the great initiator builder of USA great wall the firm controller of illegal immigration unforgetable in peoples hearts NO TWO SENIOR PRESIDENTS ARE ALIKE

  32. ¿Where are the facts, in reality, that this guy is telling the truth? Or as usual, USA always lying about things like this, or when did they present the body of Osama Bin Laden?

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