Trump thanked British SAS hero who saved lives of Individuals in Nairobi terror assault
President Donald Trump prolonged his gratitude to a British Particular Air Service hero who helped save Individuals throughout a jihadi assault on a Kenyan lodge in 2019, the soldier has revealed.
The soldier, who makes use of the pseudonym ‘Christian Craighead’, shared a photograph of his assembly with Trump on the White Home on Instagram on Monday.
‘Final yr I had the privilege of assembly the forty fifth President of the US Donald J. Trump,’ he wrote within the caption.
‘I am going to depart this with you: This wasn’t a deliberate assembly, there was nothing for him to achieve from it. When he heard from key figures of the administration that I used to be on the town, he took the time to thank me personally for saving American lives.’
The photograph, which exhibits Trump shaking Craighead’s hand, was snapped by the soldier’s fiancée Shealah Craighead, who serves because the president’s Chief Official White Home Photographer.
Craighead didn’t specify when the photograph was taken. As he is finished with different photos on his Instagram account, Craighead blurred his mouth to guard his true identification.
A British Particular Air Service hero who helped save Individuals throughout a jihadi assault on a Kenyan lodge in 2019 shared a photograph of himself assembly President Donald Trump on Instagram on Monday. The Instagram account bears the soldier’s pseudonym, Christian Craighead
Craighead revealed few particulars about his assembly with Trump within the Instagram caption (above)
Craighead was stationed in Kenya to assist prepare the nation’s troopers when closely armed jihadis from the al-Shabaab terror group seized the Dusit D2 luxurious lodge complicated in January 2019
Craighead acquired a bravery medal after he single-handedly defeated jihadis from the Somalia-based al-Shabaab terror group throughout a siege on the Dusit D2 luxurious lodge complicated in Nairobi on January 15, 2019.
Over the course of the 19-hour assault, the jihadis carried out a mass taking pictures, set hearth to automobiles and detonated a number of explosives, leaving 21 folks useless.
Footage of Craighead’s solo mission to finish the assault was seen world wide, and he was awarded the Conspicuous Gallantry Cross (CGC), the UK’s second-highest navy award.
Craighead is engaged to Shealah Craighead (pictured), who serves because the president’s Chief Official White Home Photographer
It additionally caught the eye of President Trump, in line with the photograph Craighead posted this week.
Al-Shabaab had issued an announcement after the assault saying that it was ‘in response’ to Trump’s choice to acknowledge Jerusalem because the capital of Israel.
The Mail on Sunday revealed in September that Craighead had left the SAS after being shunned by fellow members within the elite regiment.
The newspaper reported that the soldier was so shaken by his therapy from SAS colleagues that he walked out of the regiment’s Hereford base and, to the dismay of his former bosses, started disclosing particulars about his mission on social media.
Utilizing the identical Instagram account the place he posted the Trump photograph, the veteran uploaded photographs of his Particular Forces profession, together with the image of him masked and learning last-minute plans earlier than coming into the Dusit D2 lodge.
A photograph of him bursting via a lodge door clutching an assault rifle bears the caption: ‘There are occasions in our lives which remind us that, as all the time, Who Dares Wins’ – the motto of the SAS.
Senior UK protection officers informed the Mail on Sunday they have been deeply involved in regards to the former soldier’s Instagram profile, which may drive navy chiefs to take authorized motion.
Footage of Craighead’s solo mission to finish the Nairobi lodge siege was seen world wide, and he was awarded the Conspicuous Gallantry Cross, the UK’s second-highest navy award
Underneath strict guidelines, Particular Forces troops should not talk about their missions in public or search to ‘money in’ on operations.
The principles have been launched following the furor over books by ex-troopers Chris Ryan and Andy McNab which dramatically raised the SAS’s public profile and led to issues over Particular Forces troops leaking delicate info which may compromise future operations.
Craighead makes use of Instagram to advertise tools and weapons favored by SAS troops – although it’s unclear whether or not he’s paid for the endorsements.
A supply mentioned: ‘We’re anxious about his actions on-line and we need to keep away from any authorized dispute with him.
Craighead obscures his mouth in all of his Instagram photographs to guard his true identification
‘He’s susceptible, having solely lately left the regiment the place he felt undervalued by colleagues.’
Senior officers mentioned they needed to talk to him urgently in case he reveals his identification or any delicate details about Particular Forces operations.
Prime brass have been additionally alarmed at obvious plans for a e book and a movie in regards to the Africa mission and the person’s friendship with Ryan, who launched a literary and movie profession after the Bravo Two Zero mission within the 1991 Gulf Warfare in Iraq.
However pals of the disgruntled veteran mentioned the blame lies with SAS officers and troops who denied him credit score for his motion. One mentioned: ‘There was a really bitchy response contained in the SAS camp to him getting a CGC.
‘On the time, different blokes had been preventing Islamic State in Iraq and Syria for months with none official recognition.
‘No person outdoors the regiment will ever study what they did. In order that they turned their again on him, which was actually harsh.
‘He deserved a number of pats on the again and it’s such a disgrace his SAS profession has ended like this.’
Craighead (proper) is seen carrying a wounded man to security throughout the lodge assault
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