Susan Rice Blasts Trump: He 'Should Inform Obama' Before Killing ISIS Leader
Former National Security Adviser complains about her president's handling of operation
Former National Security Adviser Susan Rice has blasted President Donald Trump over his handling of the successful operation by US forces that killed the leader of ISIS, saying he should have "informed Obama" before killing Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi.
President Trump reportedly didn't brief several prominent Democrats in Congress about the operation, including House Speaker Nancy Pelosi (D-CA) and House Intelligence Committee Chairman Adam Schiff (D-CA).
Trump said he didn't notify the Democratic members of Congress over fears they would leak information and compromise the operation.
When asked if he informed Pelosi of the raid beforehand, he said "no" because "leaks" would have cost the lives of US forces.
According to Rice, however, Trump should have consulted with his predecessor about the raid, for some reason.
“Well obviously it’s a major milestone and it’s one that we all should be welcoming quite plainly, but it doesn’t mean that the fight against ISIS is over," Rice told CBS News's "Face the Nation."
"And it doesn’t mean that we can declare mission accomplished, and just walk away,” Rice said.
“What we’ve seen time and time again in this part of the world is that when the pressure is relieved on terrorist organizations, whether al-Qaeda or ISIS, they are able to reconstitute.
"So we need to be vigilant. We need to maintain a minimal presence in order to ensure that the pressure stays on ISIS and they don’t come back roaring.”
“Do you know, was President Obama informed of the death of al-Baghdadi by the administration?” host Margaret Brennan asked.
“There’s no reason why I should know,” Rice responded.
"There is a tradition of common courtesy of presidents informing their predecessors of things of significance like this.
“Since the White House seemingly didn’t feel it necessary to inform the leadership of the intelligence committees on a bipartisan basis, I’m quite confident that they didn’t do the normal protocol with respect to predecessors either.”
Rice continued by saying that Trump should have informed Obama “as a matter of courtesy,” despite the fact that Obama holds no power in government anymore and was not needed for any of the decision-making that went into authorizing the raid to get al-Baghdadi.
.@AmbassadorRice on @realDonaldTrump 's announcement that Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi was killed in a raid conducted by U.S. special forces: “it doesn’t mean the fight against ISIS is over.” pic.twitter.com/PJiSmhQpOL— Face The Nation (@FaceTheNation) October 27, 2019
Rice has been in the news recently after appearing on a far-left podcast where she repeatedly called Senate Judiciary Committee Chairman Sen. Lindsey Graham (R-SC) a “piece of s**t.”
“Former National Security Adviser Susan Rice called Senator Lindsey Graham a piece of s*** during the recording of a podcast episode,” The Daily Mail reported.
“The short clip shows Rice’s outburst as a preview for this week’s episode of ‘Pod Save the World,’ where the panel discusses the 2012 Benghazi controversy.”
“He’s been a piece of s***,” Rice said.
“I said it, I said it, da s***. Finally. He’s a piece of s***.”
“In the weeks immediately after the [Benghazi] attack, Republicans, often led by Lindsey Graham, accused Rice, who was U.S. Ambassador to the UN at the time, of ‘misleading the public’ with her representation of the situation,” The Daily Mail added.
“Rice had claimed that the jihadist military action was not premeditated and told the public that the attack had evolved from a protest.
"This was all later found to be false."
Graham responded to Rice last week on Fox News, saying, “Everything she touched turned to a piece of crap, national security-wise.
"It does bother me that the person who lied about Benghazi is still relevant.
"Here’s her greatest hits: The Iran nuclear deal, withdrawal from Iraq, the rise of ISIS.
"At the end of the day, the Rwanda genocide, the Syrian red line.
"The bottom line is I hope the American people will remember that it’s Susan Rice and Barack Obama who brought you ISIS, who gave the Ayatollah $150 billion, and, at the end of the day, if she doesn’t like me, I must be doing something right.”
Sen. Lindsey Graham (R-SC) responds Obama national security adviser Susan Rice calling him a "piece of shit"— Ryan Saavedra (@RealSaavedra) October 24, 2019
He lists off her accomplishments:
-Lied about Benghazi
-Iran nuclear deal
-Withdrawal from Iraq
-Rise of ISIS
-Syrian red line
-Gave Iran $150 billion pic.twitter.com/GBjNWsDjAl