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Date TimeOctober 28, 2019
VoiceThe authenticity of claims made by Donald Trump about watching the military operation which killed ISIS chief Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi has been called into question after confusion around the time stamp on a photograph.
Was Trumps Al-Baghdadi Raid Situation Room Picture Staged?
Almost as soon as the picture of the US president and security officials in the White House’s situation room emerged, rumours began to circulate that the picture – which has been widely compared to a similar picture of Obama during the US military’s successful attack on Osama Bin Laden – had been staged. 
A tweet written by Pete Souza, Obama’s official White House photographer and the man behind the similar picture of Trump’s predecessor, quickly went viral when he pointed out an apparent discrepancy between the photo’s time stamp and the reported time of the operation. The raid, as reported, took place at 3:30PM Washington time. The photo, as shown in the camera IPTC data, was taken at "17:05:24". https://t.co/XV0MFfFiTt— Pete Souza (@PeteSouza) October 27, 2019Rumours that the picture must have been staged were bolstered by reports that Trump had been spotted on the golf course at around 3.30pm Washington time, when the military’s attack on al-Baghdadi was initially believed to have begun. 
The time stamp on the photo read 5.05pm, implying perhaps the US president hadn’t been in the room during the historic moment. 
Trump was widely mocked for the perceived error, with social media users accusing him of attempting to recreate the now-iconic picture of Obama during his presidency. 
It later emerged, however, that perhaps the picture hadn’t been staged after all.
The New York Times, as well as several other media outlets, reported that helicopters took off from a base in Erbil, Iraq at around midnight local time, meaning US officials would have been watching from Washington at approximately 5pm. The latest reporting from the NYT: the helicopters left Iraq at 5PM (Washington time), and they reported it was about a 70-minute flight to Syria. So actual raid had to happen some time after 6:10PM. https://t.co/rErbPLJlpD— Pete Souza (@PeteSouza) October 27, 2019A website that tracks Trump’s golfing trips claimed the president had finished playing at a course shortly after 3.30pm in Virginia. The Mirror reported that Trump’s official schedule showed him returning to the White House by 4.30pm, half an hour before the operation began. Related... Washington Post Slammed For Calling ISIS Leader 'Austere Religious Scholar' ‘It Was Like Watching A Movie’: 7 Astonishing Moments From Trump's Al-Baghdadi Press Conference ISIS Leader Confirmed Dead By Donald Trump

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