Dem lawmaker resurfaces 2013 Trump tweet criticizing Obama for Syrian airstrikes

Dem lawmaker resurfaces 2013 Trump tweet criticizing Obama for Syrian airstrikes
© Greg Nash

Democratic Rep. Jerrold Nadler (N.Y.) on Friday resurfaced an old tweet from President TrumpDonald John TrumpUS-Saudi Arabia policy needs a dose of 'realpolitik' Trump talks to Swedish leader about rapper A$AP Rocky, offers to vouch for his bail Matt Gaetz ahead of Mueller hearing: 'We are going to reelect the president' MORE criticizing his predecessor for striking Syria without congressional approval after Trump announced his own military strikes in Syria.

Trump authorized airstrikes in Syria on Friday in retaliation for an apparent chemical weapons attack the U.S. has blamed on Syrian leader Bashar Assad. Nadler said he agreed with the measure but said Trump needed to get congressional approval for such an action.

Nadler resurfaced several old Trump tweets in which he slammed former President Obama for authorizing similar airstrikes.

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“The President must get Congressional approval before attacking Syria-big mistake if he does not!” Trump tweeted in August 2013.

“What will we get for bombing Syria besides more debt and a possible long term conflict? Obama needs Congressional approval,” Trump wrote in another tweet around the same time.

Nadler called Assad a “monster who committed war crimes against his own people" but said that doesn't give Trump the authority to retaliate without informing Congress. 

“As I said in 2013, under Pres. Obama, Constitution requires congressional authorization for use of military force in Syria,” Nadler tweeted. “Previous 9/11-related authorization doesn’t cover strike on Syrian gov’t. @realDonaldTrump's actions tonight appear to be unlawful if not unconstitutional."

Vice President Pence, who is in Lima, Peru, returned to his hotel on Friday night to make secure phone calls to congressional leaders to inform them about the strikes in Syria.

Pence's deputy chief of staff and communications director told reporters that Pence spoke with Speaker Paul RyanPaul Davis RyanTrump quietly rolled back programs to detect, combat weapons of mass destruction: report Ocasio-Cortez top aide emerges as lightning rod amid Democratic feud Juan Williams: GOP in a panic over Mueller MORE (R-Wis.) ahead of Trump's announcement of the strikes in Syria.

Pence also spoke with House Minority Leader Nancy PelosiNancy PelosiTrump telling aides to look at potential spending cuts if he wins reelection: report Budget talks between White House, Pelosi spill into weekend Trump says he won't watch Mueller testimony MORE (D-Calif.) and Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnellAddison (Mitch) Mitchell McConnellMcConnell challenger faces tougher path after rocky launch Funding a strong defense of our nation's democratic process can't wait The Hill's Morning Report: Trump walks back from 'send her back' chants MORE (R-Ky.), the aide said. An aide to the vice president sent an email to staff for Senate Minority Leader Charles SchumerCharles (Chuck) Ellis SchumerTop Democrats demand security assessment of Trump properties Lawmakers pay tribute to late Justice Stevens Trump administration denies temporary immigrant status to Venezuelans in US MORE (D-N.Y.), who was on a flight and unable to connect by phone, according to pool reports.