Washington – Wyoming Congresswoman and House GOP Conference Chair Liz Cheney (R-WY) issued the following statement after the White House confirmed last night that President Trump ordered a successful operation in Yemen that eliminated Qasim al-Rimi, a founder and the leader of al Qaeda in the Arabian Peninsula (AQAP) and a deputy to al Qaeda leader Ayman al-Zawahiri.

“Al Qaeda in the Arabian Peninsula leader Qasim al-Rimi, ISIS leader Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi, and Iranian terrorist Qassem Soleimani all had to learn the hard way that President Trump will never hesitate to destroy those with American blood on their hands. Al-Rimi was a longtime al Qaeda operative who spent his life plotting against the United States. Al Qaeda remains a threat today and continues to work with groups like the Taliban in Afghanistan, but the death of al-Rimi is another victory in defense of our great nation.”