Vice President Mike Pence told Margaret Brennan on CBS’s Face the Nation that some of the credit for the raid that killed ISIS leader Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi needs to go to President Donald Trump for his decisiveness.
“It’s a tribute to the courage of our armed forces, special forces that executed the raid on the compound last night, but it’s also a tribute to the decisiveness of President Donald Trump,” Pence said. Intelligence sources said there was a “high probability” that Baghdadi was in the compound where he was killed.
Trump told reporters on Sunday morning that Baghdadi died a “coward,” running away and detonating a suicide vest as special forces closed in on him. Trump also said that he got to watch the raid in the Situation Room as it unfolded.
Pence said the death of Baghdadi would have an impact on the ability of ISIS to function. “We’re not going to let up. We’re not going to stop the fight,” he insisted.
Trump said that Kurdish forces provided intelligence that helped with the raid.
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