Previous Twitter messages from President Biden and one of his top aides, both criticizing former President Trump, did not appear to age well Thursday after Biden ordered airstrikes on a stronghold of the Iranian-backed militia in Syria.
In 2017, Jen Psaki, now a White House press secretary, questioned what the Trump administration’s “legal authority for attacks” in Syria was following military action ordered by Trump.
“Assad is a brutal dictator,” he tweeted, “but Syria is a sovereign country.”
When Psaki’s nearly four-year-old tweet resurfaced, many Twitter users appreciated the irony.
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“Hey girl! I guess you went back to this one, huh?” wrote a user.
“Great tweet. Hope you condemn @ JoeBiden’s illegal strikes at their press conference tomorrow,” commented another person.
Even progressive US Rep. Ilhan Omar, a Minnesota Democrat, retweeted Psaki’s old post, sarcastically writing “Big Question.”
In April 2017, the Trump administration launched airstrikes against Syria in retaliation for a chemical weapons attack that the Assad regime carried out against its own people.
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In October 2019, then-presidential candidate Joe Biden called then-President Trump’s decision to withdraw troops from northern Syria “erratic” and “impulsive.”
“The events of the past week … have had a devastating clarity of how dangerous this president is,” Biden said during a speech in Iowa on Trump’s decision, which critics saw as an “abandonment” by Kurdish allies in the region.
In Thursday’s attack, the Biden administration targeted Iraqi Shiite militia groups based on the border, Kait’ib Hezbollah and Kait’ib Sayyid al Shuhada, which are suspected of having received funding and military support from the Islamic Revolutionary Guard. from Iran.
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A senior official said the attack was an “archery” and defensive strategy, intended to dissuade Iran and its militia from launching rockets at US forces in the region, like the recent attacks in Iraq.