In the summer of 2019, Stephanie Grisham took Sarah Huckabee Sanders’ place as the White House Press Secretary. You may have never seen her, though, as she has yet to hold a press briefing and normally restricts her appearances to Fox News and other conservative outlets.
Hogan Gidley, the Deputy Press Secretary, is more likely to show up on channels like CNN. He also is also an avid user of Twitter. On Friday, Gidley took to Twitter to defend the President and his error laden tweet was soon ripped apart by journalists and fact checkers.
In an effort to defend the President’s recent operation that killed Iranian General Qasem Soleimani, Gidley compared Trump’s actions to Obama’s.
The Deputy Press Secretary tweeted, “Soleimani was, in fact, planning “imminent attacks.” While Democrats and the media quibble over its definition, quick point: When Obama killed bin Laden, al-Awlaki and Gaddafi, without Congressional approval, there were NO “imminent attacks” and Democrats did not ask or care.”
The first obvious mistake was that Muammar Gaddafi wasn’t killed by US troops, he was killed by a Libyan militia. Historian Kevin Kruse replied, “I’d love to hear more about how Obama killed Gaddafi. That’s a new one.”
I'd love to hear more about how Obama killed Gaddafi. That's a new one.
— Kevin M. Kruse (@KevinMKruse) January 10, 2020
The idea that Obama did not have congressional approval to kill as-Awlaki and bin Laden was also torn apart. Former Obama staffer Tommy Vietor wrote, “Hey Hogan, long time no see. Bin Laden and Awlaki were senior, operational Al Qaeda leaders. Congress authorized war against AQ back in 2001. Gaddafi was killed by members of the NTC – not by US forces. But wrt imminence – you have agency here. Release the intelligence. Prove it.”
Hey Hogan, long time no see. Bin Laden and Awlaki were senior, operational Al Qaeda leaders. Congress authorized war against AQ back in 2001. Gaddafi was killed by members of the NTC – not by US forces. But wrt imminence – you have agency here. Release the intelligence. Prove it.
— Tommy Vietor (@TVietor08) January 10, 2020
After numerous replies like these, Gidley attempted to correct the record, tweeting, “Hey ‘fact checkers,’ don’t be ridiculous. What I was clearly saying is that Obama and Hillary took credit for the killing of these terrorists repeatedly, including Gaddafi. Hillary even said: “We came. We saw. He died.”