Following President Biden’s bombing of Yemeni Houthis on Thursday, the president has been dragged by conservatives for his past statements as a presidential candidate in 2020, where he condemned then-President Trump for bombing Iran without congressional approval.
In January 2020, Biden criticized Trump’s decision to launch a strike that killed the commander of the Islamic Revolutionary Guard, Qassem Soleimani, without congressional approval.
“Let’s be clear: Donald Trump does not have the authority to take us into war with Iran without Congressional approval,” Biden posted. “A president should never take this nation to war without the informed consent of the American people.”
A post made in the subsequent month has also come under scrutiny in light of President Biden’s recent decisions.
“As President, I will use military power responsibly and as a last resort. We will not go back to forever wars in the Middle East,” he stated, using the hashtag “#DemDebate.”
The Biden administration’s recent missile strikes in Yemen in response to attacks by Iran-backed Houthi rebels on ships in the Red Sea have led conservatives to revisit Biden’s previous posts.
“It’s (D)ifferent when Biden does it,” pundit Benny Johnson wrote on X.
“This aged well,” quipped Rep. Anna Paulina Luna.
The Biden administration’s decision to lift the terrorist designation for the Houthis in Yemen in 2021 has also been a point of contention. Omri Ceren, a national security adviser to Texas Sen. Ted Cruz, criticized the administration’s response to the Houthis’ actions.
“They knew they were doing bad things for bad reasons so they lied to the public and reporters about their decision. As the Houthis escalated, they couldn’t respond. They’re still doing it,” Ceren posted.
In defense of the airstrikes, Biden stated that they were a direct response to unprecedented Houthi attacks in the Red Sea.
“These targeted strikes are a clear message that the United States and our partners will not tolerate attacks on our personnel or allow hostile actors to imperil freedom of navigation in one of the world’s most critical commercial routes,” Biden said.
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