Republican National Committee Chairwoman Ronna Romney McDaniel lashed out Friday after President TrumpDonald TrumpWendy Sherman takes leading role as Biden's 'hard-nosed' Russia negotiator Senate needs to confirm Deborah Lipstadt as antisemitism envoy — Now Former acting Defense secretary under Trump met with Jan. 6 committee: report MORE came under fire for ordering then calling off a retaliatory military strike on Iran over the downing of a U.S. drone.

“If Obama had called off air strikes, the media would demand he get the Nobel Peace Prize,” McDaniel tweeted. “Such a double standard.”  

Trump on Thursday night ordered a retaliatory strike on Iran after reports emerged the previous day that Iran had downed a U.S. Navy surveillance drone.


“We were cocked & loaded to retaliate last night on 3 different sights," Trump tweeted Friday morning, adding that after he found out 150 people could die in the process, he called it off.

“10 minutes before the strike I stopped it, not proportionate to shooting down an unmanned drone,” he wrote.  

Democratic lawmakers, including Sen. Elizabeth WarrenElizabeth WarrenThe Memo: 2024 chatter reveals Democratic nervousness We are America's independent contractors, and we are terrified Fed's Brainard faces GOP pressure on climate stances MORE (Mass.), who is running for president, slammed Trump over the move.

Warren tweeted Friday that “there is no justification for further escalating this crisis,” criticizing Trump for pulling out of the Obama-era nuclear deal that provided sanctions relief to Tehran in exchange for new limits on Iran's nuclear program.

Trump blamed Obama for U.S.-Iran tensions, tweeting that the former president “made a desperate and terrible deal.”

“Iran was in big trouble and he bailed them out. Gave them a free path to Nuclear Weapons, and SOON,” Trump said. “Instead of saying thank you, Iran yelled Death to America. I terminated deal, which was not even ratified by Congress, and imposed strong sanctions.”

Some have compared the situation to when Obama in 2012 drew a “red line” regarding the use of chemical weapons by Bashar Assad’s government in Syria but later pulled back.