Past Twitter messages from President Biden and one of his top aides — both criticizing former President Trump — weren’t appearing to age well Thursday after Biden ordered airstrikes against an Iranian-backed militia stronghold in Syria.
In 2017, Jen Psaki, now White House press secretary, questioned what the Trump administration’s “legal authority for strikes” was in Syria following a Trump-ordered military action.
“Assad is a brutal dictator,” she tweeted, “But Syria is a sovereign country.”
When Psaki’s nearly four-year-old tweet resurfaced, many Twitter users appreciated the irony.
“Hey girl! guessing you circled back to this one, huh?” one user wrote.
“Great tweet. I look forward to you condemning @JoeBiden’s illegal strikes in your press conference tomorrow,” another person commented.
Even progressive U.S. Rep. Ilhan Omar, D-Minn., retweeted Psaki’s old post, writing sarcastically “Great question.”
In April 2017, the Trump administration launched airstrikes against Syria in retaliation for a chemical weapons attack the Assad regime carried out against its own people.
In October 2019, then-presidential candidate Joe Biden called then-President Trump’s decision to withdraw troops from Northern Syria “erratic” and “impulsive.”