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Biden, Psaki Blasted Over Hypocrisy for Airstrikes on Syria After They Criticized Trump for Doing So

EDITOR’s NOTE: This article contains profanity.

(Headline USA) President Joe Biden and his press secretary faced blowback on Thursday after his administration launched airstrikes in Syria, targeting facilities near the Iraqi border used by Iranian-backed militia groups.

He and his administration were called out for their past criticisms of former President Donald Trump with regard to his actions in Syria.

The Pentagon said the strikes were retaliation for a rocket attack in Iraq earlier this month that killed one civilian contractor and wounded a U.S. service member and other coalition troops.

Trump’s strikes in 2017 were in retaliation for President Bashar Assad’s chemical weapons attacks on his own people.

Last year Biden tweeted a promise to use military power as a “last resort.”

In April 2017 Biden’s now-press secretary, Jen Psaki, questioned in a tweet Trump’s authority in striking a sovereign nation.

The revival of Biden’s and Psaki’s tweets, and responses to them, were predictable.

And many mocked Psaki’s frequent press conference promises to “circle back” to reporters who ask questions she is not prepared to answer.

The airstrike was the first military action undertaken by the Biden administration.

Mary Ellen O’Connell, a professor at Notre Dame Law School, criticized the U.S. attack as a violation of international law.

“The United Nations Charter makes absolutely clear that the use of military force on the territory of a foreign sovereign state is lawful only in response to an armed attack on the defending state for which the target state is responsible,” she said. “None of those elements is met in the Syria strike.”

Material from Associated Press was used in this report.

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