Trump cites 'Washington leaks' for keeping raid on ISIS leader from congressional leaders

President Trump said Sunday that he did not tell some congressional leaders about the U.S. military raid in which ISIS leader Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi was killed, citing "Washington leaks." 

Trump said at the White House that "some" leaders were notified and that others were being informed as he announced the death of the terror group's leader to the public. 

"We were going to notify them last night, but we decided not to do that because Washington leaks like I’ve never seen before," Trump said. "There’s no country in the world that leaks like we do, and Washington is a leaking machine."


"I told my people we will not notify them until our great people are out — not just in but out," Trump added. 

He later confirmed that Speaker Nancy PelosiNancy PelosiPelosi says she would have put up a fight against Capitol mob: 'I'm a street fighter' Biden to address Congress on April 28 NY House Democrats demand repeal of SALT cap MORE (D-Calif.) was not notified in advance. 

He said he did speak with Sens. Lindsey GrahamLindsey Olin GrahamGOP lawmaker 'encouraged' by Biden's Afghanistan strategy Biden sparks bipartisan backlash on Afghanistan withdrawal  Graham: 'A full withdrawal from Afghanistan is dumber than dirt and devilishly dangerous' MORE (R-S.C.) and Richard BurrRichard Mauze BurrLara Trump leads GOP field in North Carolina Senate race, poll shows Former North Carolina governor set to launch Senate bid North Carolina mayor Rett Newton launches Senate bid MORE (R-N.C.) about the operation following its conclusion.

"I wanted to make sure this was kept secret. I don't want to have men lost and women. I don’t want to have people lost," he said. 

He said that a "leak could have caused the death of all of them." 

Trump said no U.S. forces were killed during the raid.

Reports began to surface late Saturday that U.S. forces had carried out a raid in northwest Syria and that al-Baghdadi was believed to have been killed. 

Trump tweeted Saturday night that "something very big has just happened," teasing his Sunday announcement.

He said the tweet went out after U.S. forces returned safely from the mission.