The Department of Agriculture (USDA) retracted its endorsement of "Meatless Mondays" after GOP lawmakers blasted the move.

Republicans took to Twitter Wednesday to express their unhappiness with the USDA encouraging people to eat less meat.

The USDA lauded Meatless Monday in Monday's internal department newsletter as "one simple way to reduce your environmental impact while dining at our cafeterias."

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The National Cattlemen's Beef Association and several members of Congress representing some of the biggest meat-producing states were quick to protest on Tuesday and Wednesday.

"I will eat more meat on Monday to compensate for stupid USDA recommendation abt a meatless Monday," tweeted Sen. Chuck GrassleyCharles (Chuck) Ernest GrassleyOvernight Defense: Pompeo blames Iran for oil tanker attacks | House panel approves 3B defense bill | Trump shares designs for red, white and blue Air Force One On The Money: Pelosi says no debt ceiling hike until deal on spending caps | McConnell pressures White House to strike budget deal | Warren bill would wipe out billions in student debt | Senate passes IRS reform bill On The Money: Pelosi says no debt ceiling hike until deal on spending caps | McConnell pressures White House to strike budget deal | Warren bill would wipe out billions in student debt | Senate passes IRS reform bill MORE (R-Iowa).

Similarly, Rep. Steve King (R-Iowa) said he preferred "double rib-eye Mondays instead."

"Who at USDA thought 'Meatless Mondays' was good idea? Anti-[agriculture] agenda at USDA is irresponsible, even for a day," tweeted Sen. John ThuneJohn Randolph ThuneTrump's border funding comes back from the dead Public policy expert: US has become 'outlier' on immigration practices Public policy expert: US has become 'outlier' on immigration practices MORE (R-S.D.).

But according to USDA, the department does not endorse "Meatless Monday" after all, at least not as an international campaign. The official USDA press account was doing damage control on Twitter late on Wednesday.

"USDA does not endorse Meatless Monday. Statement found on USDA website was posted w/o proper clearance. It has been removed," the team tweeted Grassley.

Sen. Pat RobertsCharles (Pat) Patrick RobertsEPA exempts farms from reporting pollution tied to animal waste EPA exempts farms from reporting pollution tied to animal waste Conservatives spark threat of bloody GOP primaries MORE (R-Kan.) responded: "Good!" He then joked in a follow-up tweet, "I should have said 'well done!' "