“The president was asked specifically whether he had informed the Speaker of the House Nancy Pelosi about this raid last night and he said, ‘no,'” Wallace pointed out in an interview with Pence on his show Fox News Sunday, shortly after Trump announced that al-Baghdadi had died in the raid. “And then he [Trump] added, ‘I wanted to make sure that no American forces were lost,'” the journalist said.
Wallace pointed out that Trump implied that he was worried that Pelosi or other members of Congress “would leak” the details of the operation. “Does the president not trust the Speaker of the House with sensitive national security information?” he asked.
Pence argued that wasn’t the case. “I don’t think that was the implication at all,” he said. The vice president insisted that Trump’s only goal was “a successful mission,” attempting to shift attention away from the question.
“I understand that, but why didn’t he tell Nancy Pelosi?” Wallace interjected.
“We maintained the tightest possible security here,” Pence replied, highlighting the logistics of the operations. “I just couldn’t be more proud,” he asserted.
“We all applaud that, I do want to ask you though, it’s my job as a news man sir, respectfully, why didn’t the president notify the Speaker of the House?” he asked again.
Pence again deflected the direct question, emphasizing that Trump’s “focus” was on the success of the mission.
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