President Trump said taking out al-Qaida’s Osama bin Laden was a significant accomplishment, but it’s not as big news as his operation that led to the death of Islamic State leader Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi.
“This is the worst ever. Osama bin Laden was very big but Osama bin Laden became big with the World Trade Center. 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,” Trump said on Sunday as he confirmed the terror leader died in a US special forces raid in northern Syria.
He repeated claims that he predicted bin Laden would attack the US in his 2000 book “The America we Deserve.”
“In that book about a year before the World Trade Center was blown up, I said there is somebody named Osama bin Laden, you better kill him or take him out, something to that effect, he is big trouble,” Trump told reporters on Sunday.
“And I’m saying to people take out Osama bin Laden, that nobody ever heard of. Nobody ever heard of. I mean, al-Baghdadi everybody hears because he’s built this monster for a long time.
“But nobody ever heard of Osama bin Laden until the World Trade Center,” Trump continued.
Bin Laden, who orchestrated the attacks on Sept. 11, 2001, was killed by a team of Navy SEALs during a raid on his Pakistan compound in May 2011.
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