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President Donald Trump announced at a press conference on Sunday that ISIS leader Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi had died by detonating his own suicide vest during a U.S. military raid. And, because there’s a tweet for everything, many dredged up one from 2012.
“Stop congratulating Obama for killing Bin Laden. The Navy Seals killed Bin Laden. #debate,” Trump tweeted at the time. He was referring to the death of Al Qaeda leader Osama bin Laden who was killed by U.S. Special Forces during a raid in 2011–when Obama was in office.
Stop congratulating Obama for killing Bin Laden. The Navy Seals killed Bin Laden. #debate— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) October 23, 2012
This is why many are finding the irony in what is being dubbed boastful remarks by the president.
“This is the biggest one perhaps that we’ve ever captured,” Trump said during the press conference. “This is the biggest there is. This is the worst ever. Osama bin Laden was big, but Osama bin Laden became big with the World Trade Center. This is a man who built a whole, as he would like to call it, a country.”
Even on Saturday night, Trump tweeted, “Something very big has just happened!”
Trump said last week that “it was me ... who captured [ISIS].”— Aaron Blake (@AaronBlake) October 27, 2019
Back in 2012 he criticized Obama for taking credit for bin Laden.
Some things worth remembering today ... pic.twitter.com/YHUqvLQrZH
Remember when Trump said to stop congratulating President Obama for killing Osama Bin Laden? I’m going to follow suit and congratulate US special forces for killing ISIS leader Baghdadi. This is credit to our special forces. Shame our Syria policy did not follow the same resolve— ♻️🇺🇸 Christopher Zullo (@ChrisJZullo) October 27, 2019
Meanwhile, the White House released a “Situation Room” photo on Sunday that many are speculating is staged.
“It was something really amazing to see,”‘ Trump said of the raid during the press conference. “I got to watch it along with the general, Vice President Pence, and others, in the Situation Room. We watched it so clearly. … I don’t want to say how, but [it was] as though you are watching a movie.”
The photo depicts Vice President Mike Pence, Defense Secretary Mark T. Esper and General Mark Milley, chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, and mirrors that of the infamous Obama administration photo.
“The raid, as reported, took place at 3:30PM Washington time. The photo, as shown in the camera IPTC data, was taken at ’17:05:24,'” Pete Souza, the White House photographer for Presidents Obama and Reagan, tweeted.
The raid, as reported, took place at 3:30PM Washington time. The photo, as shown in the camera IPTC data, was taken at "17:05:24". https://t.co/XV0MFfFiTt— Pete Souza (@PeteSouza) October 27, 2019
Staged vs. Unstaged.— Eric Wolfson (@EricWolfson) October 27, 2019
Real vs. Fake.
Obama Vs. Trump. pic.twitter.com/fyNc8BsSsF
Unbelievable.— BrooklynDad_Defiant Savage! (@mmpadellan) October 27, 2019
It wasn't enough to announce the killing of #alBaghdadi. They had to do a STAGED Situation Room photo. trump was golfing when the kill happened.
I prefer the one w/President Obama and VP Biden looking intense, and Hillary looking worried.
THAT shit was REAL. pic.twitter.com/PaQG7qK8Vz
Eilish O’Sullivan is the news wire editor for the Daily Dot. Her work has appeared in the Austin Chronicle and the Daily Texan.