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    #BenLaden Trending as Trump's Lawyer Giuliani Makes Spelling Gaffe

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    On Sunday, US President Donald Trump confirmed the death of Daesh leader Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi, after which he was highly criticised by Democrats for not sharing the details of the operation in advance. This prompted his personal attorney Giuliani to take to Twitter to defend the US president.

    Former Mayor of New York and Donald Trump’s personal lawyer Rudy Giuliani sparked a twitterstorm after calling founder of the world’s deadliest terrorist organisation al-Qaeda* Osama bin Laden… Ben Laden.

    Giuliani, who made the unfortunate spelling gaffe on Twitter when criticising the political backlash that Donald Trump has faced from the Democratic Party following the death of Daesh* leader Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi this weekend, tried to compare the reaction with the one that Barack Obama received following the killing of the al-Qaeda leader back in 2011, but failed to correctly spell the name of the mastermind behind the 9/11 attacks. 

    Screenshot of Rudy Giuliani's tweet
    Screenshot of Rudy Giuliani's tweet

    The tweet has since been corrected. 

    However, the newly coined "Ben Laden" immediately managed to rise to America’s most popular Twitter trends, with more than 14,000 netizens wondering who this mysterious person could have been.

    The comment came following criticism of Donald Trump from the Dems over his decision not to inform Democratic House Representatives Speaker Nancy Pelosi about Saturday's operation that led to the death of Daesh leader al-Baghdadi. Trump, who confirmed the death of the terrorist on 27 October, defended his decision not to disclose details of the operation to Democratic leaders by claiming that Democrats such as Chairman of the House Intelligence Committee Adam Schiff could not be trusted with such sensitive information.

    *Daesh (also known as ISIS/ISIL/IS) and al-Qaeda are terrorist organisations banned in Russia and many other states.

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    Osama Bin Laden, Daesh, Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi, al-Qaeda, United States, Rudy Giuliani, Donald Trump
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