Gidley slams Washington Post over al-Baghdadi obituary headline


CHIEF ‘S AND GROUPS IN CHICAGO LET’S DRILL DOWN ON WHAT JUST HAPPENED AT THE PENTAGON. WHERE THE PRESIDENT IS GOING IN ALL THIS. HOW MANY PEOPLE ARE YOU PLANNING TO LEAVE BEHIND ON THE GROUND IN SYRIA? YOU HEARD THE CHAIRMAN OF THE JOINT CHIEFS ASK ABOUT THIS, AND DEFENSE SECRETARY MARK ESPER.>>I WON’T GET INTO ALL THE NUMBERS RIGHT NOW. THE PRESIDENT IS GOING TO PUT –>>Harris: THEY DIDN’T EITHER.>>RIGHT. HE WILL PUT THE RIGHT AMOUNT OF PEOPLE IN THE RIGHT PLACES TO MAKE SURE ALL ITEMS ACTIVES ARE ACHIEVED. HE’S DONE THAT SO FAR. HE’S GOING TO CONTINUE TO DO THE SAME THING. HE DID THAT WITH THIS RAID, AND THE DEATH OF AL-BAGHDADI, AS WELL.>>Harris: WHAT ARE THE OBJECTIVES IN TERMS OF THOSE OILFIELDS, FOR EXAMPLE? IS THIS A LONG-TERM COMMITMENT? HOW WILL WE KNOW THAT PROTECTING THEM, THE MISSION IS OVER?>>THEY WERE THERE AND SUPPOSED TO BE THERE FOR A FEW DAYS. THEY WERE THERE FOR TEN YEARS, AS WE NOW KNOW. THE PRESIDENT RAN ON A PLATFORM OF PUTTING PEOPLE BACK OUT OF THESE ENDLESS WARS. BUT HE ALSO UNDERSTANDS THE IMPORTANCE OF MAKING SURE THESE OILFIELDS ARE SECURE. PUTTING PEOPLE IN THE PROPER PLACES. TO CREATE VACUUMS FOR PEOPLE, TO COME OUT OF THE WOODWORK AND CREATE ISIS, FOR EXAMPLE, THIS PRESIDENT WILL NOT DO THE SAME THING. HOWEVER, HE DOES WANT TO ULTIMATELY BRING ALL OF OUR SOLDIERS HOME. THAT IS HIS GOAL AND HE WILL DO THAT AS PRUDENTLY AS CAN BE DONE.>>Harris: THE MAJOR GENERAL WHO WAS JUST ON WITH ME MOMENTS AGO, I DON’T KNOW IF YOU CAN HEAR HIM, BUT HE LET THE FORCES IN 202014. THE INITIAL COMMANDER ON THE GROUND INSIDE IRAQ, AGAINST ISIS. I’M CURIOUS TO KNOW, HE SAID, “WHAT IS THE RELATIONSHIP GOING TO BE MOVING FORWARD WITH THE KURDS IF WE DON’T HAVE MORE PEOPLE ON THE GROUND?” AND HE SAID WHAT THE PRESIDENT DID WAS SPOT ON IN TERMS OF THIS RAID, AND VERY BRAVE AND BRAZEN. YOUR THOUGHTS?>>IT REALLY WAS. THE GENERAL CONGRATULATED AND THANKED THE PRESIDENT FOR ALL HE’S BEEN ABLE TO DO. THE PRESIDENT HAS GREAT RELATIONSHIPS ACROSS THE GLOBE DESPITE WHAT SO MANY IN THE MEDIA AND ON THE DEMOCRAT –>>Harris: AND THE KURDS?>>THAT’S EXACTLY WHY WE WERE ABLE TO PULL OFF THIS MISSION AND BE SO SUCCESSFUL. I HAVE TO BE CLEAR, WHAT HAPPENED OVER THE WEEKEND WAS HISTORIC IN SO MANY WAYS, AND TO PROTECT THE WORLD AT LARGE. THOUSANDS OF LIVES, COUNTLESS LIVES ARE GOING TO BE SAVED BECAUSE OF THE SUCCESSFUL MISSION. DESPITE WHAT “THE WASHINGTON POST” WANTS YOU TO THINK, THIS WAS NOT SOME RELIGIOUS LEADER. A RELIGIOUS SCHOLAR. THIS WAS A TERRORIST. A DISGUSTING MANNED WITH A RECORD OF DEATH AND VICIOUSNESS AND DESTRUCTION. HE WOULD PUT PEOPLE IN CAGES AND SET THEM ON FIRE. HE WOULD DECAPITATE PEOPLE AND PUT THAT VIDEO ON THE INTERNET, AND WHO COULD FORGET THAT PRECIOUS GIRL, KAYLA MUELLER? AND WHAT HE DID TO HER? SHE WAS A CHRISTIAN MISSIONARY PROFESSING THE BIBLE AND CHRIST. BECAUSE SHE REFUSED TO DENOUNCE HER RELIGION, SHE WAS KILLED FOR IT. SHE’S A MODERN-DAY MARTYR AND THERE’S A SPECIAL PLACE FOR CABLE IN HEAVEN. A SPECIAL PLACE FOR AL-BAGHDADI IN HELL.>>Harris: THERE’S A REASON WHY I CALL THEM THE ISLAMIC STATE SAVAGES. THAT TERROR GROUP IS COOL, AND YOU GIVE US EXAMPLES. I WANT TO SWITCH TOPICS. THE PRESIDENT RECEIVING CRITICISM FOR NOT INFORMING DEMOCRATS ON CAPITOL HILL OF THE RAID. HERE IS SENATOR CHRIS COONS.>>TO DISRESPECT THE SPEAKER OF HOUSE WHO IS IN THE DIRECT LINE OF SUCCESSION TO THE PRESIDENT, AND TO NOT INFORM BIPARTISAN LEADERS IN CONGRESS, TO ONLY INFORM A FEW REPUBLICANS, I THINK THAT WAS JUST ONE MORE IMPORTANT NORM OF COOPERATION SHATTERED BY THIS PRESIDENT. WHEN FIGHTING ISIS AND TERRORISM, WE AREN’T DEMOCRATS AND REPUBLICANS. WE ARE AMERICANS.>>Harris: HOGAN, YOUR REACTION?>>THIS ISN’T A PARTISAN ISSUE. HE’S RIGHT ABOUT THAT. LEAVE IT TO THE DEMOCRATS TO MAKE IT ALL ABOUT THEM. TO MAKE THE WORLD A SAFER PLACE, WE MADE AMERICAN SAFER. IT’S A MASSIVE VICTORY FOR THIS COUNTRY. I HAVE TO BE CLEAR, THERE IS NO STATUTORY REQUIREMENT FOR US TO BRIEF MEMBERS OF CONGRESS ON THIS MATTER. IN FACT, IT WAS CONGRESS THEMSELVES WHO PUT A CARVE OUT IN THE STATUTE FOR SYRIA. FOR THIS VERY THING. IT’S IN ESSENCE A WAR ZONE. THEY ARE A MILITARY OPERATION HAVING THEIR EVERY DAY. IT’S ANOTHER INSTANCE WHERE CONGRESS PASSES THE LAWS AND THEY DON’T WANT TO LIVE BY THE LAWS THEY PUT IN PLACE. IT’S THE RULES, BUT THEY DON’T WANT TO PLAY BY THEM.>>Harris: I KNOW THINGS ARE LITTLE DIFFERENT INSIDE CAPITOL HILL, BUT JUST FOR THE PLAIN PEOPLE OUTSIDE, I WOULD WONDER WHO AMONG THE DEMOCRATS WOULD HAVE TRIED TO STOP TAKING OUT A BLOODTHIRSTY KILLER.>>I DON’T KNOW THAT ANYONE WOULD HAVE STOPPED IT, BUT IF HISTORY IS ANY GUIDE, WE HAVE SEEN A SHAM IMPEACHMENT PROCESS IN WHICH PEOPLE ARE TAKEN INTO SECRET, BEHIND CLOSED DOORS, DEMOCRATS SELECTIVELY LEAK THAT INFORMATION TO TRAIN DAMAGE THIS PRESIDENT. IT WAS VERY CLEAR. THIS WAS AN EXTRA ORDINARY SITUATION, VERY FAST-MOVING. WE WANTED SUCCESS. THERE OPERATIONAL SECURITIES HERE. WE WANT TO MAKE SURE OUR BRAVE MEN AND WOMEN IN THE SPECIAL FORCES HAVE EVERY BEST OPPORTUNITY TO DO SO. I HAVE TO BE HONEST, AS COMMANDER-IN-CHIEF, DONALD TRUMP, HE PERFORMED THAT DUTY FAULTLESSLY THIS WEEK END.>>Harris: HOGAN GIDLEY, DEPUTY PRESS SECRETARY. THANK YOU VERY MUCH, GOOD TO SEE. FORMER WHITE HOUSE CHIEF OF STAFF JOHN KELLY IS NOW SAYING HE WON PRESIDENT TRUMP HE WOULD BE IMPEACHED IF HE HIRED A YES-MAN AS KELLY’S REPLACEMENT.>>DON’T HIRE SOMEONE WHO WOULD JUST NOD AND SAY, “THAT’S A

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