President Donald Trump extended his gratitude to a British Special Air Service hero who helped save Americans during a jihadi attack on a Kenyan hotel in 2019, the soldier has revealed.
The soldier, who uses the pseudonym 'Christian Craighead', shared a photo of his meeting with Trump at the White House on Instagram on Monday.
'Last year I had the privilege of meeting the 45th President of the United States Donald J. Trump,' he wrote in the caption.
'I'll leave this with you: This wasn't a planned meeting, there was nothing for him to gain from it. When he heard from key figures of the administration that I was in town, he took the time to thank me personally for saving American lives.'
The photo, which shows Trump shaking Craighead's hand, was snapped by the soldier's fiancée Shealah Craighead, who serves as the president's Chief Official White House Photographer.
Craighead did not specify when the photo was taken. As he's done with other images on his Instagram account, Craighead blurred his mouth to protect his true identity.
A British Special Air Service hero who helped save Americans during a jihadi attack on a Kenyan hotel in 2019 shared a photo of himself meeting President Donald Trump on Instagram on Monday. The Instagram account bears the soldier's pseudonym, Christian Craighead
Craighead revealed few details about his meeting with Trump in the Instagram caption (above)
Craighead was stationed in Kenya to help train the nation's soldiers when heavily armed jihadis from the al-Shabaab terror group seized the Dusit D2 luxury hotel complex in January 2019
Craighead received a bravery medal after he single-handedly defeated jihadis from the Somalia-based al-Shabaab terror group during a siege at the Dusit D2 luxury hotel complex in Nairobi on January 15, 2019.
Over the course of the 19-hour attack, the jihadis carried out a mass shooting, set fire to vehicles and detonated multiple explosives, leaving 21 people dead.
Footage of Craighead's solo mission to end the attack was seen around the world, and he was awarded the Conspicuous Gallantry Cross (CGC), the UK's second-highest military award.
Craighead is engaged to Shealah Craighead (pictured), who serves as the president's Chief Official White House Photographer
It also caught the attention of President Trump, according to the photo Craighead posted this week.
Al-Shabaab had issued a statement after the attack saying that it was 'in response' to Trump's decision to recognize Jerusalem as the capital of