Former White House Deputy Chief of Staff Alyssa Mastromonaco shot back at President Donald Trump after he wrote on Twitter that his administration has made more progress in defeating terrorism and ISIS over the past nine months than President Barack Obama did during his eight years as president.
“We have made more progress in the last nine months against ISIS than the Obama Administration has made in 8 years. Must be proactive & nasty,” Trump tweeted Friday morning.
“[L]et us know when you kill Bin Laden,” Mastromonaco then tweeted in response on Friday.
Osama bin Laden, the former leader of al Qaeda, was killed in Pakistan on May 2, 2011, during a raid on bin Laden’s compound in Abbottabad, Pakistan.
U.S. Navy SEALs, participating units under JSOC and CIA operators took part in the operation, named Operation Neptune Spear.
In August, President Trump gave a long-awaited speech about the country’s plan for the war on terror in Afghanistan, and he said the U.S. will “destroy terrorists” and “win this war.”
“We are killing terrorists,” Trump said. “These killers need to know they have nowhere to hide; that no place is beyond the reach of American might and American arms. Retribution will be fast and powerful.”
“Terrorists who slaughter innocent people will find no glory in this life or the next,” Trump said. “They are nothing but thugs, and criminals, and predators, and – that’s right – losers. Working alongside our allies, we will break their will, dry up their recruitment, keep them from crossing our borders, and yes, we will defeat them, and we will defeat them handily.”
The 16-year war against the Taliban and other terrorist groups in Afghanistan has been on the minds of many, as it was recently announced that Trump had finally come to a conclusion about what the strategy will be moving forward against terrorism in the Middle East.
“Our troops will fight to win. We will fight to win,” Trump stressed in his address. “From now on, victory will have a clear definition: attacking our enemies, obliterating ISIS, crushing al Qaeda, preventing the Taliban from taking over Afghanistan, and stopping mass terror attacks against America before they emerge.”
The message was clear: the U.S. is going to finish the job in Afghanistan, but the President won’t say how or when, aside from saying the U.S. Military will be given the tools it needs to get the job done, and that the military will be able to operate on the ground as it sees fit.