The CIA also carried out at least one strike in Yemen and USA officials told CNN in August 2018 that a 2017 CIA drone strike killed Ibrahim al-Asiri, a senior al-Qaeda bomb-maker behind the "underwear bomb" attempt to detonate on a flight above the skies of Detroit on Christmas Day in 2009.
President Donald Trump highlighted reports of al-Rimi's death, retweeting a reporter and a member of a group that tracks terrorists online who had posted about al-Rimi's apparent killing.
On Saturday, Trump was at his Florida resort.
Qassim al-Rimi is believed to have died as a result of the attack but his death has not been confirmed. He then tweeted a picture of his golf swing.
Politico quoted a Pentagon official as saying: "This was not a DoD operation". The area is known as a stronghold for al-Qaida in the Arabian Peninsula, known as AQAP.
In November, an informant reportedly told the Criminal Intelligence Agency (CIA) of al-Rimi's whereabouts and tracked him using aerial surveillance and other means, according to Fox News.
The al-Qaeda terrorist was previously sentenced to five years in a Yemeni prison for plotting the assassination of the American envoy to the country, but he broke out of prison and after his escape made a career among al-Qaeda's ranks.
Americans should "leave us with our religion, land and nations and mind your own internal affairs", he said.
The U.S. had put a $10,000,000 bounty on his head.al-Rimi founded Al Qaeda in Yemen in 2009.
In 2017, days after a special forces raid on a compound in Yemen in which a USA soldier was killed, Rimi taunted Trump, saying in a recorded message: "The new fool of the White House received a painful slap across his face". She was referring to al-Qaida chief Ayman al-Zawahiri.
USA officials warned that despite the ranks of al-Qaeda militants being depleted due to precise United States strikes against their bomb-makers and English-language propagandists, the group remains a unsafe one, the media outlet said.
Jamal al-Badawi, a suspect of the USS Cole destroyer's bombing in 2000 in the Yemeni port of Aden, gestures after an appeal court announced his judgement to 15 years in prison in the final appeal session trial on February 26, 2005.
Yemen has been gripped by civil war since 2015.