2019-10-31 by Daisy I.
Donald Trump tweets photoshopped picture of military dog receiving medal, replacing war hero’s image
External Link: @CScottSilver: “Here’s the original if you want to spread it around. You have a greater reach than me.”
The original photograph was from 2017, when Mr Trump awarded a Medal of Honor to retired US Army medic James C McCloughan.
Mr McCloughan, who is credited with saving the lives of 10 fellow soldiers during the Vietnam War, told the New York Times he was not offended by the image, reportedly laughing when he saw the photo.
He pointed out that Medal of Honor recipients accept the award on behalf of their teams, which sometimes include military dogs.
“They are very courageous,” he told the newspaper.
“This recognises the dog is part of that team of brave people.”
‘Hero’ military dog
Mr Trump dubbed the dog an “American hero” on Tuesday after news broke about the Baghdadi’s death.
The dog’s name was classified and not released with its photo, however, Newsweek journalist James LaPorta reported it was named Conan.
The military dog was used to track the IS leader in tunnels beneath a compound in north-eastern Syria.
“[Baghdadi] reached the end of the tunnel, as our dogs chased him down,” Mr Trump said.
The dog was reportedly wounded when Baghdadi set off an explosion that killed himself and two children.
General Mark Milley, the chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, said the dog had recovered and was already back to work.
He said the animal had “performed a tremendous service”.