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US News Trump's Baghdadi raid Situation Room photo has one big difference to Obama's bin Laden picture ⁠— and it tells you everything about their styles

06:05  28 october  2019
06:05  28 october  2019 Source:   msn.com

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Trump ' s Baghdadi raid Situation Room photo has one big difference to Obama ' s bin Laden picture ⁠— and it tells you everything about It is a stark contrast to the Situation Room photo taken on May 1, 2011, during the military raid that killed al-Quaeda leader Osama bin Laden , under

Photo of Trump watching al- Baghdadi raid compared to Obama watching bin Laden operation. Donald Trump described watching the raid against ISIS The White House released photos of a stoic Donald Trump watching the U. S . raid that killed Islamic State leader Abu Bakr al- Baghdadi unfold

Donald Trump, Barack Obama sitting at a table © Shealah Craighead; Pete Souza Editor’s note: The opinions in this article are the author’s, as published by our content partner, and do not represent the views of MSN or Microsoft.

On Saturday, a US Special Forces operation led to the death of ISIS leader Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi in Syria. In his announcement Sunday morning, President Donald Trump said Baghdadi "died like a dog" while he detonated a suicide vest that killed himself and three children.

The White House released a photo from inside the Situation Room following the raid. Two photos, actually. They're striking.

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Trump offered vivid and sometimes grisly details about the raid and Baghdadi ' s demise, which he claimed was " bigger " than the 2011 U. S . killing of al Qaeda leader Osama Bin Laden . Afterwards, the White House deployed top national security aides to the Sunday talk shows to discuss the raid and its

The less formal Obama photo from 2011 crackles with suspense as the president's team monitors the raid where Navy Seals killed bin Laden in a compound in Trump ' s Baghdadi raid Situation Room photo has one big difference to Obama ' s bin Laden picture ⁠— and it tells you everything


Both photos, from slightly different angles, show Trump sitting at the head of the conference room table. Vice president Mike Pence is sitting to his left. Both are looking directly into the camera, which hovers above the other end of the table.

Robert C. O'Brien, Mike Pence, Donald Trump, Mark A. Milley sitting at a table © Official White House Photo by Shealah Craighead

They are surrounded by Mark Esper, the secretary of defense and a former weapons manufacturer lobbyist, National Security Adviser Robert O'Brien, and generals Mark A. Milley and Marcus Evans, who are in military regalia and whose attention is also mostly directed at the camera.

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Robert C. O'Brien, Mike Pence, Donald Trump, Mark A. Milley sitting at a table © Official White House Photo by Shealah Craighead

It is a stark contrast to the Situation Room photo taken on May 1, 2011, during the military raid that killed al-Quaeda leader Osama bin Laden, under Barack Obama's administration. That one takes place in a smaller, more poorly lit conference room within the Situation Room. And as Lawfare editor Quinta Jurecic noted on Twitter, it is not staged.

Obama is not at the center of the photograph. He is not even at the head of the table. There are coffee cups scattered on the table. Most of the national security team aren't even wearing suit jackets. And none of them are looking at the camera.

Joe Biden, Barack Obama, Marshall B. Webb, Michael Mullen, William M. Daley, Denis McDonough, Tony Blinken, Robert Gates sitting at a table © Pete Souza, Official White House Photographer

Instead of getting an impression that the photographer is trying to depict the glory and power of the US president, you get the impression that these are a bunch of professionals focused on a solemn job: Watching over a dangerous operation that would inevitably lead to death, and which could potentially go horribly wrong. For Trump, on the other hand, there is no distinction between the image of the job and the job itself.

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Donald Trump has threatened to drop hordes of ISIS fighters “right at the UK’s border” because of Britain’s lack of help with the US operation to catch the caliphate’s leader. Trump ' s Baghdadi raid Situation Room photo has one big difference to Obama ' s bin Laden picture ⁠— and it tells you

President Trump said that Abu Bakr al- Baghdadi , the head of the Islamic State, was killed in a Mr. Trump also repeated the misleading claim that he delivered a warning about Bin Laden in one of his books. Recalling the scene Saturday in the Situation Room , he described watching the raid as an

Pete Souza, the former White House photographer who took the Obama administration's Situation Room photo, noted that the metadata of the Trump photo was marked 17:05:24, or 5:05 p.m. The raid on Baghdadi, according to the White House, took place at 3:30 p.m. It suggests that Trump's photo was indeed staged after the raid was finished, and was not one that was taken during the raid itself.

Watch: Trump says Islamic State's Baghdadi 'died like a dog' (Reuters)


Trump's White House tried to put this kind of image into the American imagination before. In April 2017, he launched missiles at military infrastructure controlled by Syrian dictator Bashar Assad in response to a chemical weapons attack. The White House released a Situation Room-style photo taken from Trump's Mar-a-Lago club and described it as a "secure location." It was taken by Shealah Craighead, who also took the new Trump photo. Everyone is sitting on small wooden chairs. You probably don't remember it. Time will tell how the new photo fares.

Ex-CIA Director Critiques Trump for Claiming Baghdadi Was 'Bigger' Than Bin Laden: 'There Wasn't a Competition'

  Ex-CIA Director Critiques Trump for Claiming Baghdadi Was 'Bigger' Than Bin Laden: 'There Wasn't a Competition' Former acting CIA Director Michael Morell said President Donald Trump's assertion that Islamic State (ISIS) leader Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi's death was "bigger" than the killing of Al-Qaeda leader Osama bin Laden was not how the situation should be viewed. "Bin Laden was big, but this was bigger," Trump argued on Sunday during a press conference. Trump announced to reporters and the world that Baghdadi was dead after Saturday's U.S. military operation, which was first reported by Newsweek.The president said that Baghdadi was "the biggest there is" and "the worst ever.

President Trump announced Sunday morning that a U. S . operation in Syria led to the death of Abu Bakr al- Baghdadi , the leader of the Islamic State. He talked about how long he knew about the operation, when he showed up in the Situation Room , how the operation was undertaken, how

FILE PHOTO : U.S. Representative Conyers addresses the audience during a program to announce the first round of loan commitments in Dearborn. Yahoo News Photo Staff. Trump ' s Baghdadi raid Situation Room photo has one big difference to Obama ' s bin Laden picture ⁠— and it tells you

Joe Hagin, Steven Mnuchin, Wilbur Ross, Gary Cohn, Stephen K. Bannon sitting at a table with wine glasses © White House/Shealah Craighead

There are other odd details about Trump's new Situation Room photos. There are a lot of colorful ethernet cables that aren't connected to anything, slightly undermining the seriousness of the moment. And while Trump appears to have briefing papers in front of him - a rare sight, indicating he may have indeed taken this moment more seriously than much of the rest of his presidency - they are mostly obscured compared to the people around him, suggesting he is the least informed person at the table.

It is also precisely the type of photo Trump would have criticized during Obama's presidency. "Stop congratulating Obama for killing Bin Laden," he said in 2012. "The Navy Seals killed Bin Laden." 

Gallery: ISIS leader Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi killed in US raid (Photos)

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Turkey ‘captures sister of killed Islamic State leader’ .
Little is known about the sister of Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi.Little is known about the sister of Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi, but the Turkish official said the 65-year-old known as Rasmiya Awad is suspected of being affiliated with the extremist group.

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