Past Biden and Psaki tweets resurface after Syria airstrike
President Joe Biden and White House Press Secretary Jen Psaki are receiving backlash for past tweets attacking the Trump administration’s Middle East airstrikes after Biden approved bombardments on Syria Thursday.
In 2017, Psaki questioned the legality of airstrikes launched by the Trump administration.
“What is the legal authority for strikes? Assad is a brutal dictator. But Syria is a sovereign country,” Psaki wrote on Twitter in April, 2017.
In April 2017, the Trump administration launched airstrikes against Syria in retaliation for an earlier chemical weapons attack on Syrian civilians.
On Thursday, the Biden administration launched attacks on Iran-backed militia groups in Syria, killing 22 Iran-backed fighters.
Thursday’s strike came in response to an attack last week by Iran-backed militants on an Iraqi airbase used by the US military, which killed one US military contractor and wounded nine other people.
The strike destroyed “multiple facilities located at a border control point used by a number of Iranian-backed militant groups,” according to a statment by the Pentagon. It described the strike as “defensive.”
Former Trump administration official Richard Grenell tweeted, “Today is a Circle Back day…” in response to Psaki’s tweet.
Sen. Rand Paul wrote, “I condemn meddling in Syria’s civil war. I also condemn attacking a sovereign nation without authority. What authority does @POTUS have to strike Syria?”
“Great question,” Minnesota Rep. Ilhan Omar wrote.
In 2019, Biden called Trump “erratic” and “impulsive” after it was reported that Trump had considered air strikes on Iran.
“Trump’s erratic, impulsive actions are the last thing we need as Commander-in-Chief. No president should order a military strike without fully understanding the consequences. We don’t need another war in the Middle East, but Trump’s actions toward Iran only make that more likely,” Biden wrote.
Newsmax contributor Jessie Jane Duff asked, “Did you forget to delete this before you bombed Syria?”
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