Donald Trump tweets photoshopped picture of him giving medal to dog which cornered al-Baghdadi – imposed on head of real-life Vietnam hero he honored for saving American lives
- President Trump tweeted a photoshopped image of himself giving an award to the hero dog who chased down ISIS leader Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi
- ‘AMERICAN HERO’ he captioned the image, which is made up of the pooch’s government headshot and a photo of Trump at a 2017 Medal of Honor ceremony
- Later Wednesday Trump would be giving out a Medal of Honor – to a human – for courage while serving in Afghanistan
President Trump tweeted a photoshopped image of him placing a medal around the neck of Conan, the hero dog who chased down ISIS leader Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi before he blew himself up.
‘AMERICAN HERO’ Trump wrote, captioning the photo, which is clearly lifted from Conan’s official government portrait. It puts the dog’s face over that of James McCloughan, a Vietnam veteran the president gave the Medal of Honor to in 2017.
The image features a watermark for The Daily Wire, which brands itself as the ‘largest conservative news site in America’ and was founded by Ben Shapiro, the 35-year-old Los Angeles-based political pundit.
President Trump shared a photoshopped image of himself giving a military medal to the dog that cornered ISIS leader Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi during this weekend’s raid
The image is a combination of the official government photo of the dog (left) and Trump awarding the Medal of Honor to James McCloughan (right), a Vietnam vet, in 2017
The president will give a Medal of Honor to a human later Wednesday. He’ll be giving the top military honor to Master Sgt. Matthew Williams, who showed great bravery in Afghanistan
The White House did not respond to a request for comment about the photoshopped image’s origins.
Trump latched on to the dog’s story during the victory lap he took over the successful al-Baghdadi raid.
‘We have declassified a picture of the wonderful dog (name not declassified) that did such a GREAT JOB in capturing and killing the Leader of ISIS, Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi!’ the president tweeted Monday.
While the Pentagon has not officially released the dog’s name, Newsweek reported that the dog is named Conan.
The Chairman of the Joint Chiefs Mark Milley said Monday that the dog was ‘still in theater,’ adding that the pooch was ‘slightly wounded and fully recovering.’
White House officials did not give additional details on when the dog might come to the White House Wednesday, which would make Trump’s photoshopped tweet a reality.
The president, however, will soon be hanging a medal around a human’s neck.
Trump is due to present the Medal of Honor to Master Sgt. Matthew Williams at 5 p.m. this afternoon.
Williams is receiving the top award for the bravery he showed in helping his wounded comrades get off a mountain during an April 2008 battle in Afghanistan.