The White House released photos of a stoic Donald Trump watching the U.S. raid that killed Islamic State leader Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi unfold, after the president's Sunday announcement about the operation.
Trump said Sunday that he watched as U.S. forces cornered al-Baghdadi in a dead-end tunnel, where the ISIS terrorist detonated a vest he was wearing, killing himself and several others. No U.S. forces were lost, Trump said.
The photo shows National Security Adviser Robert O'Brien, Vice President Mike Pence, Trump, Secretary of Defense Mark Esper, Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff Mark Milley and Deputy Director for Special Operations on the Joint Staff Marcus Evans. They all face the direction of the camera, appearing to watch the raid.
"The U.S. personnel were incredible," Trump said. "I got to watch a bunch of it."
Trump said that his view from the Situation Room was "as though you were watching a movie."
Trump described al-Baghdadi running in the tunnel, "whimpering and crying and screaming all the way." The president said that al-Baghdadi "died like a dog."
Trump also suggested that the footage of al-Baghdadi's death should be released so that his followers can see how he died.
Twitter users compared the White House photos to those taken during the operation that killed Osama bin Laden in 2011, ordered by former President Barack Obama.
One iconic photo taken during that attack was taken by then-White House photographer Pete Souza. It shows Obama, former Vice President Joe Biden and former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton with other members of the national security team.
During his announcement, Trump suggested that al-Baghdadi's death was more significant than that of bin Laden.
"[Son of Osama bin Laden] Hamza bin Laden was a big thing, but this is the biggest there is. This is the worst ever. Osama bin Laden was very big but Osama bin Laden became big with the World Trade Center," Trump said. "This is a man who built a whole, as he would like to call it, a country, a caliphate. And was trying to do it again."
In 2012 Trump repeatedly tweeted that Obama should not be given credit for the operation against bin Laden.