Trump says U.S. has killed al-Baghdadi's 'number one replacement'

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President Donald Trump departs O'Hare International Airport after speaking at the International Association of Chiefs of Police Annual Conference and Exposition, on Oct. 28, 2019, in Chicago.   -   Copyright  Evan Vucci AP

President Donald Trump said Tuesday that the U.S. had killed the "number one replacement" to ISIS leader Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi, who was killed in a U.S. raid over the weekend.

"Just confirmed that Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi's number one replacement has been terminated by American troops," Trump wrote. "Most likely would have taken the top spot — Now he is also Dead!"

It was not immediately clear who Trump was referring to, though on Monday a senior State Department official confirmed that ISIS spokesman Abu Hassan al Muhajir was killed in Syria during an operation by U.S. forces in which the Syrian Democratic Forces also played a large role. The top spokesman's death was earlier announced by SDF commander Gen. Mazloum Abdi.

The White House did not immediately respond to a request for comment.

The tweet followed Trump's Sunday morning announcement of al-Baghdadi's death. The ISIS leader was the world's most-wanted terrorist. In his announcement, Trump provided sensitive details of the raid and intimate information regarding al-Baghdadi's death.