The former Chief Official White House Photographer for Presidents Barack Obama and Ronald Reagan did some sleuthing online regarding an image that was captured of current President Donald Trump watching a military raid over the weekend, supposedly in real-time.
Pete Souza tweeted on Sunday, shortly after Trump announced the death of ISIS leader Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi, that he noticed something funny about the timing that the raid took place — around 3:30 p.m. Eastern Time — and what Trump was reportedly doing around that same period. According to a website that tracks how many times he golfs, Trump was just finishing up a round on the greens when the raid was starting.
Trump told reporters he watched the raid as it happened, and Vice President Mike Pence said he witnessed it “in real time,” CBS News reported.
But Souza cast more doubts on those claims, as he, a professional photographer, noted the digital footprint of the image showing Trump and others watching the raid was peculiar.
“The raid, as reported, took place at 3:30 p.m. Washington time. The photo, as shown in the camera IPTC data, was taken at ’17:05:24,'” Souza tweeted, meaning the image was made around an hour and a half after the military operation began.
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, 2019
Souza conceded to another follower on Twitter that it was possible the image was taken at a later part of the raid, including watching portions to ensure that the military personnel made it back safely to their bases of operations.
“Sure, it’s possible,” Souza wrote.
According to the New York Post, Trump said that watching the raid was cinematic at times. “We watched it so clearly. I don’t want to say how I watched it but it was perfect as though you were watching a movie,” Trump said. “The technology there alone is great.”