On Friday, President Donald Trump called in to “Fox & Friends” for an interview that stretched for nearly an hour.
During that lengthy call, the president made a number of odd remarks and peddled the conspiracy theory that Ukraine has the DNC server. At another point, he complained that the media didn’t pay enough attention to the death of ISIS leader Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi, who was killed by American soldiers during a raid in late October.
Almost comically, Trump aired his complaint after host Ainsley Earhardt asked him a question about the border wall. Trump answered, “We’ve built almost a hundred miles of wall, it’s going up fast, the Army Corps of Engineers is doing it. We have the funding — took it out of the military — you know, I’ve re-built the military, that’s another thing we’ve done.”
From there he pivoted, declaring, “We defeated ISIS, we took the caliphate, we just took out al-Baghdadi. I don’t want it, I don’t want it frankly, but if Obama did al-Baghdadi — the biggest terrorist in the last hundred years — if Obama did it, it would be a two-year story — with me I got a day, not that it matters.”
Here’s a clip of that rant:
AInsley Earhardt asks about the border, but first Trump complains that if Obama had killed Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi "it would be a two year story. With me, I got a day. Not that it matters." pic.twitter.com/yLA3Px80op— Bobby Lewis (@revrrlewis) November 22, 2019
During a celebratory ceremony, Trump outlined the raid and said that al-Baghdadi killed himself as American troops were closing in. Trump earned praise after the American troops killed al-Baghdadi, even though not everybody was happy about the entire story.
Speaker of the House Nancy Pelosi (D-Calif.) was upset that congressional leaders were not told about the raid that took down al-Baghdadi before it took place. The top Intel lawmakers are usually notified of even the most top-secret raids. Instead, Trump told the Russians that American troops were going into their territory to get al-Baghdadi. Pelosi later called on Trump to brief Congress on the raid.