According to Newsweek (and several other news outlets that cite Newsweek), during his trip to Iraq over Christmas, Trump revealed the identities of a SEAL team that was deployed in Iraq.
President Donald Trump and the White House communications team revealed that a U.S. Navy SEAL team was deployed to Iraq after the president secretly traveled to the region to meet with American forces serving in a combat zone for the first time since being elected to office.
While the commander-in-chief can declassify information, usually the specific special operations unit is not revealed to the American public, especially while U.S. service members are deployed. Official photographs and videos typically blur the individual faces of special operation forces, due to the sensitive nature of their job.
I've watched the video Trump tweeted, but I'm not sure how true these claims are. I've Googled what the SEAL team uniform looks like (I think, it's hard to find results that aren't from or about the TV show), and it seems to match up, but I'm a unsure for a few reasons:
- From what I can tell, SEAL deployment locations and identities are classified, and as far as I'm aware, Trump (or someone with the relevant authority) didn't declassify the information and if they did, why?
- I would have thought that the tweet would have gone through someone first, to ensure nothing sensitive was released
- I read in another article that even for presidential displays, the teams cover their faces. If this is standard, why wasn't it done here?