2minutos - Source: CNN
The move to not make notable leaders aware goes against the usual traditional for such high-profile operations. The bipartisan praise for the US mission was undercut by criticism that the Trump administration did not inform congressional leaders about it ahead of time and came amid broader concerns about the strategy in the region after the US removed troops from Syria.
After saluting the "heroism, dedication and skill of our military and our intelligence professionals," House Speaker Nancy Pelosi said that the "Russians but not top Congressional leaders were notified of the raid in advance."
"Our military and allies deserve strong, smart and strategic leadership from Washington," Pelosi said in a statement on Sunday.
"I didn't know. I saw it on TV," the New York Democrat said. When asked for his reaction to the news, Schumer added, "My reaction? Look, it's great that we've gotten al-Baghdadi and killed him. He's a dangerous man, an evil man. The fight against ISIS has to continue."
House Intelligence Committee Chairman Adam Schiff called the raid an "operational success," but also said he was not informed about the raid before it took place.