Hadi al-Amiri has been identified as the leader of the Iranian militia that led the attack on the U.S. Embassy in Baghdad on earlier this week.
It now being reported that Hadi al-Amiri made a visit to the White House under the Obama administration back in 2011.
The attack on the U.S. Embassy was an act of retaliation to airstrikes from the U.S. made after Hezbollah was found to be responsible for the killing of an American civilian contractor. Hezbollah is backed by Iran, which is why this occurred.
The Washington Post reported Tuesday that Hadi al-Amiri a former transportation minister with close ties to Iran who leads a wing of Hezbollah called the Badr Corps was present. In 2011, Fox News and the Washington Times reported that Iraqi Prime Minister Nouri al-Maliki brought his transportation minister, al-Amiri, to a meeting at the White House.
It is said that this al-Amiri who visited the White House is the same one who is now in the head of the Badr Organization.
The al-Amiri accompanying al-Maliki, besides also being transportation minister, was identified at the time as a commander of the Badr organization, further indicating it was the same person. At the time, the outlets expressed concern that al-Amiri had ties to the Iranian Revolutionary Guard Corps (IRGC), which the FBI has stated played a role in a 1996 terrorist attack that killed 19 U.S. servicemen. President Donald Trump designated the IRGC a foreign terrorist organization, the first time an official arm of a foreign state received the designation.
Press Secretary Jay Carney was questioned about the visit by Fox News back in 2011. Here’s an excerpt from the transcript:
Q Okay, last thing on another subject. Prime Minister Maliki was here this week. There have been reports that a former commander of the Iranian Revolutionary Guard, which was -- U.S. officials say played a role in a 1996 terrorist attack that killed 19 U.S. servicemen -- he was here at the White House with Prime Minister Maliki because he’s a transportation minister --
MR. CARNEY: Sorry, whose report is that?
Q I believe The Washington Times has reported it. I think others have as well, but I think this is a Washington --
MR. CARNEY: I’d have to take that question. I’m not aware of it.
Q Okay. Could you give us an answer later, though, whether he was here and whether -- that a background check had been done?
MR. CARNEY: I’ll check on it for you.
Q Okay, thanks.
So there have been multiple terrorists at the White House under Obama, but I don't seem to recall any under the Trump administration.