President Donald Trump attacked the New York Times on Twitter Saturday claiming that the paper helped foil a U.S. effort to kill Islamic State leader Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi, The Daily Caller reports.
The president wrote: “The Failing New York Times foiled US attempt to kill the single most wanted terrorist, al-Baghdadi. Their sick agenda over National Security.”
The tweet, one of the many he posted Saturday morning, appeared to reference a Fox News story about a U.S. raid that provided valuable intelligence to coalition forces.
But Trump did not add to his charge against The Times, or give an explanation about how the paper is supposed to have hampered the terror leader’s capture.
In recent months, reports have emerged as to the status of Baghdadi. Pentagon officials said there is no current information to confirm whether he is dead or alive.
Defense Secretary Jim “Mad Dog” Mattis said on Friday he doubts reports suggesting Baghdadi is dead, and believes he is still alive, according to The Hill.