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 TrumpTrump nominates ambassador to Turkey Trump heads to Mar-a-Lago after signing bill to avert shutdown CNN, MSNBC to air ad turned down by Fox over Nazi imagery 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 RyanUnscripted Trump keeps audience guessing in Rose Garden Coulter defends Paul Ryan: This is 100 percent Trump's fault The Hill's 12:30 Report — Presented by Kidney Care Partners — Trump escalates border fight with emergency declaration MORE (R-Wis.) ahead of Trump's announcement of the strikes in Syria.

Pence also spoke with House Minority Leader Nancy PelosiNancy Patricia D'Alesandro PelosiConstitutional conservatives need to oppose the national emergency House Judiciary Dems seek answers over Trump's national emergency declaration Why don't we build a wall with Canada? MORE (D-Calif.) and Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnellAddison (Mitch) Mitchell McConnellGreen New Deal Resolution invites big picture governing ‘Contingency’ spending in 3B budget deal comes under fire Coulter defends Paul Ryan: This is 100 percent Trump's fault 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 SchumerHouse Judiciary Dems seek answers over Trump's national emergency declaration Mandatory E-Verify: The other border wall Trump says he 'didn't need to' declare emergency but wanted 'faster' action MORE (D-N.Y.), who was on a flight and unable to connect by phone, according to pool reports.