Trump: Killing ISIS Leader Is Bigger Than Killing Osama Bin Laden

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From the New York Times:

President Trump announced on Sunday that a commando raid in Syria this weekend had targeted and resulted in the death of Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi, the leader of the Islamic State, claiming a significant victory even as American forces are pulling out of the area.

“Last night, the United States brought the world’s No. 1 terrorist leader to justice,” Mr. Trump said in an unusual nationally televised address from the White House. “Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi is dead.”

Mr. Trump said Mr. al-Baghdadi was chased to the end of a tunnel, “whimpering and crying and screaming all the way” as he was pursued by American military dogs. Accompanied by three children, Mr. al-Baghdadi then detonated a suicide vest, blowing up himself and the children, Mr. Trump said.

Mr. Trump, who is under threat of impeachment for abuse of power by pressuring Ukraine to investigate his domestic political rivals, appeared eager to claim credit for the raid, engaging in a lengthy question-and-answer session with reporters after his statement as he personally walked them through the details, promoted his own role and compared himself favorably to past presidents.

Mr. Trump even seemed to suggest that killing Mr. al-Baghdadi was a bigger deal than killing Bin Laden.

I’m not sure why Trump continually feels the need to compare himself to President Obama.

As the Times points out, Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi was definitely a bad guy. No doubt.

But he never entered the psyche of the American public to the degree that Osama bin Laden, who committed terrorism on American soil, did.

Plus, Trump’s appearing to ‘take credit’ here is unseemly especially when he was overly-critical of Obama regarding the takedown of bin Laden.

Trump tweeted multiple times that Obama shouldn’t be ‘congratulated’ for the death of bin Laden because “all he did was say O.K.”

Now that he’s in the Oval Office, does Trump believe that’s all HE did? “Say ok?”

There’s always a tweet…

Mitch McConnell Takes Credit For US Economy After ONE Day As Senate Majority Leader

Just ONE day into his role as Senate Majority Leader, Mitch McConnell (R-KY) takes credit for the good news on the American economy saying it’s all about the fact that Republican have a brand new majority in Congress:

“After so many years of sluggish growth, we’re finally starting to see some economic data that can provide a glimmer of hope; the uptick appears to coincide with the biggest political change of the Obama administration’s long tenure in Washington: the expectation of a new Republican Congress,” McConnell said on Wednesday. “So this is precisely the right time to advance a positive, pro-growth agenda.”

The Democratic National Committee thought the comment was more than hysterical, emailing a statement with the subject line “DNC to McConnell: Hahahahahahahahahahaha.”

Here’s the statement from DNC Communications Director Mo Elleithee:

Hahahahahahahahahahaha. That Mitch McConnell is one funny guy. He likes to remind people all the time that he’s not a scientist. Now we know he’s not a mathematician or an economist either.

The fact is, under President Obama we’ve had 57 straight months of private sector job growth leading to nearly 11 million jobs added.

All Republicans have given us is a government shutdown that cost the economy $24 billion.

I get why he wants to take credit for the economic recovery. But maybe he should first do something to help contribute to it.