Sunday morning the White House photographer for former President Barack Obama suggested that members of Donald Trump's administration, along with the president, posed for a Situation Room picture in the wake of a U.S. military raid that resulted in the death of ISIS leader Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi at a time other than the White House claimed.
Pete Souza, the former director of the White House Photography Office, noted that the timestamp of the photo did not match up with the reported time of the operation.
On Twitter, he wrote: "The raid, as reported, took place at 3:30PM Washington time. The photo, as shown in the camera IPTC data, was taken at "17:05:24"
In a separate tweet, he wrote, "It's entirely possible that the raid was still going on at 5:05pm. Before drawing definite conclusions about the photo, reporters need to nail down the actual timeline of the raid."
You can see the tweets below:
One of these photos is staged. @PeteSouza’s photo was taken from the corner of the room since he was trying to sta… https://t.co/PB7I90fWJF— Andrew Feinberg (@Andrew Feinberg) 1572186412.0
Former WH photographer @PeteSouza looked at the date stamp & noticed this photo was taken hours after the raid conc… https://t.co/V8qpFMVK4b— Joyce Alene (@Joyce Alene) 1572195016.0