With al-Baghdadi Raid, Trump Makes the Made-for-TV Announcement He Has Long Wanted – The New York Times

Mr. Trump also repeated the misleading claim that he delivered a warning about Bin Laden in one of his books. “Nobody listened to me,” Mr. Trump lamented. “To this day, I get people coming up to me, and they said ‘you know one of the most amazing things I’ve seen about you is that you predicted that Osama bin Laden had to be killed before he knocked down the World Trade Center.’”

In reality, Mr. Trump’s book, “The America We Deserve,” makes one passing reference to Bin Laden, where he is simply referred to as “public enemy No. 1.”

But on Sunday morning, Mr. Trump took credit not only for the raid that killed Mr. al-Baghdadi, but also for having been wiser than his predecessors. “I made a prediction,” he said. “Let’s put it this way. If they would have listened to me, a lot of things would have been different.”

From his implicit undermining of Mr. Obama to his focus on the fact that he has never received the credit he deserves, Mr. Trump handled the moment in a familiar way: putting himself at the center of the action, releasing information such as the number of helicopters involved in the operation that are normally classified, and focusing on vivid, cinematic details of a raid he bragged unfolded “as though you were watching a movie.”

All presidents make military victories their own, but for Mr. Trump, that movie was a lot about him.

Recalling the scene Saturday in the Situation Room, he described watching the raid as an “absolutely perfect” view of the skirmish and appeared to relish the details.


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