Susan Rice, who served as National Security Adviser for former president Barack Obama, says President Trump should have immediately told his predecessor about the raid to capture or kill ISIS leader Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi.
In an interview on CBS’s “Face the Nation” on Sunday, host Margaret Brennan asked Rice, “Do you know, was President Obama informed of the death of al-Baghdadi by the administration?”
At first, Rice demurred. “There’s no reason why I should know.” But she went on to say she was “quite confident” that he didn’t.
Trump on Sunday said he did not notify some members of Congress — including House Speaker Nancy Pelosi (D-CA) and Rep. Adam Schiff, House Intelligence Committee chairman — about the mission.
“We notified some [and] others are being notified now as I speak,” Trump said in a White House speech.
“We were going to notify them last night, but we decided not to do that because Washington leaks like I’ve never seen before,” Trump said. “There’s no country in the world that leaks like we do, and Washington is a leaking machine.”
Trump said that was the safest course of action.
“Washington is a leaking machine,” Trump said. “The only people that knew were the few people that I dealt with … A leak could have caused the death of all of them.”
“I told my people we will not notify them until our great people are out — not just in but out,” Trump added.