Trump catches flak for declaring 'mission accomplished' in Syria

Twitter users criticized President TrumpDonald John TrumpDavid Axelrod after Ginsburg cancer treatment: Supreme Court vacancy could 'tear this country apart' EU says it will 'respond in kind' if US slaps tariffs on France Ginsburg again leaves Supreme Court with an uncertain future MORE after he used a phrase made infamous by former President George W. Bush to declare victory in an ongoing military mission.

Trump tweeted “Mission Accomplished!” on Saturday to declare a successful missile strike in Syria the previous night. 

The phrase is reminiscent of Bush giving a 2003 speech declaring the end of major U.S. combat missions in Iraq, with a banner featuring the phrase “Mission Accomplished” displayed behind him.


Videos and images of Bush in front of the banner became infamous as U.S. military involvement in Iraq continued throughout the rest of Bush’s presidency and to this day.

Social media users quickly noted Trump’s use of the phrase on Saturday, particularly in light of another U.S. military mission in the Middle East.

Here’s what some users had to say: