Trump attacks on generals resurface after White House says it's 'inappropriate' to question generals

Old tweets posted by President Trump in which he attacked generals resurfaced Friday after the White House said it was “inappropriate” to criticize them. 

In Friday’s White House press briefing, press secretary Sarah Huckabee Sanders said it would be “highly inappropriate” to criticize chief of staff John KellyJohn Francis KellyMORE for his remarks towards a Florida congresswoman about a phone call Trump placed to a Gold Star family.

"If you want to go after Gen. Kelly, that's up to you. But I think that if you want to get into a debate with a 4-star Marine general, that's something that's highly inappropriate," Sanders said. 

Twitter users, including Rep. Don Beyer (D-Va.), quickly resurfaced Trump’s old tweets following the briefing.

In July 2016, Trump called out retired four-star Gen. John Allen, saying he “failed badly” in the fight against ISIS and called his record “BAD.”

Trump’s tweet came after Allen spoke at the Democratic National Convention and endorsed then-Democratic presidential nominee Hillary ClintonHillary Diane Rodham ClintonState Dept: Russia’s allegations about American citizens ‘absolutely absurd’ Trump on possible sit-down with Mueller: 'I've always wanted to do an interview' Election Countdown: Senate, House Dems build cash advantage | 2020 Dems slam Trump over Putin presser | Trump has M in war chest | Republican blasts parents for donating to rival | Ocasio-Cortez, Sanders to campaign in Kansas MORE.

In September of last year, Trump also attacked retired four-star Gen. Colin Powell for “his weak understanding of weapons of mass destruction in Iraq.”

Kelly had accused Rep. Frederica WilsonFrederica Patricia WilsonOn The Money: Harley-Davidson decision raises trade tensions with Trump | Senate panel to take up tariff legislation | CBO projects grim budget outlook under Trump | White House objects to measure on reinstating ZTE ban Dem lawmakers seek distance from Waters call for confrontation Wasserman Schultz: Infants separated from their parents are in Florida immigrant shelters MORE (D-Fla.) of using a speech during a 2015 dedication of a new FBI building to take credit for securing the building’s funding.

But video released Friday appears to show that Kelly was incorrect.

But the White House stood by Kelly’s criticism in a statement Friday.

"Gen. Kelly said he was ‘stunned’ that Rep. Wilson made comments at a building dedication honoring slain FBI agents about her own actions in Congress, including lobbying former President Obama on legislation,” Sanders said in statement.