The left-wing media (but I repeat myself), jumped all over President Trump on the day after Christmas saying that he outed a “covert” SEAL team with a video he posted to Twitter. The media went on to claim Trump put a “secret mission” in jeopardy and the troops in danger with his tweet.
But, as with nearly every accusation the left media makes against Trump, this claim turns out to be false, fake news once again.
On Dec. 26, Trump tweeted out a video of himself and the first lady standing among some troops at Al Asad Air Base in Iraq.
— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) December 26, 2018
Right away, the liars at Newsweek scolded the president saying “Trump reveals U.S. Navy SEAL deployment during Iraq visit.”
The rarely-read Newsweek went on the attack:
President Donald Trump and the White House communications team revealed that a U.S. Navy SEAL team was deployed to Iraq after the president secretly traveled to the region to meet with American forces serving in a combat zone for the first time since being elected to office.
While the commander-in-chief can declassify information, usually the specific special operations unit is not revealed to the American public, especially while U.S. service members are deployed. Official photographs and videos ty
So, did the president out a covert SEAL operation?
No, not really.
According to Daily Caller, the media’s claim is false:
The faces of special force operators are sometimes blurred in pictures in order to protect their identity. However, this was not done in this case. Similarly, a pool report about the trip was later sent out that seemed to identify a Navy Seal by name. “At one point Kyu Lee, told Trump he was the chaplain for Seal Team Five,” reads the report.
“President Donald Trump and the White House communications team revealed that a U.S. Navy SEAL team was deployed to Iraq,” claimed the Newsweek article.
But former special force members and military experts pointed out that the alleged special force operators shown, and any SEAL teams deployed to Iraq, are not in fact “covert,” as the Newsweek headline claims.
So, why were they not “covert”?
“The photo itself seems to indicate their affiliation with the United States, which would be somewhat inconsistent with a covert operation, which is deliberately intended to preserve plausible deniability,” Geoffrey Corn, a professor of law with expertise in military and national security law, told The Daily Caller News Foundation in an email.
Wesley Morgan, a military affairs reporter for Politico, in a tweet identified the soldiers as members of an advisory task force under the command of the Combined Joint Special Operations Task Force – Iraq, or CJSOTF-I, whose mission was not covert.
So, once again we see the media so ignorant of the military that they spin lies without the first clue as to what they are talking about.
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