Shortly after his first visit to US troops stationed in a war zone, President Trump published a video on Twitter showing photos of service members who appeared to be from the SEAL Team Five in Iraq come. Without shielding their faces, it says in a report.
Trump, who had criticized not visiting US troops in hot zones, traveled with the First Lady to Al-Asad Airbase near Baghdad, where he mingled with troops, and signed MAGA hats and defended his decision to withdraw from Syria.
But during the trip, which had been kept secret on Wednesday, the President apparently unintentionally revealed intelligence information by showing the special forces, Newsweek reported.
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At one point, Trump paused Take a selfie with the US Navy Lt. Kyu Lee, who said he is the chaplain of the SEAL Team Five, which according to the magazine is based in Coronado, California.
The chaplain said the president said to him, "In this case, we take a picture.
After Air Force One left the country's airspace, Trump released a video featuring Lee Greenwood's "God Bless America" as he and Melania Trump posed for pictures with the special warriors in full combat gear and night vision Safety goggles.
Malcolm Nance, a former intelligence officer for the US Navy, told Newsweek that the release of the video was directed against traditional practices designed to protect the identity of US special forces in a combat zone.
"Operational security is the most important aspect of staffing. The real names, faces, and identities of employees involved in special operations or activities are usually a top secret secret in a combat zone, "said Nance.
" They are accidentally uncovered by an unusual media presence commander-in-chief, It would turn out to be a propaganda boom if this staff were imprisoned by a hostile government or captured by a terrorist group. It would be undeniable who you are and what you do.
The Pentagon, contacted by Newsweek, referred questions to the White House whose representatives did not immediately respond to a request from The Post
The Naval Special Warfare Command also issued no request for Newsweek's comments.