For most of us, tweets from the past remain mercifully swallowed up and hidden in the world wide cobwebs. But as Trump recently reminded an interviewer, “I’m President, and you’re not.”
His posts, landing on both sides of issues from war and peace to his predecessor’s golf game, keep coming back.
When the White House released a statement Tuesday calling a chemical weapon attack by the Syrian government “a consequence of the past administration’s weakness and irresolution,” Trump’s tweets — from 2013 — came under particular scrutiny.
Over the course of nearly two weeks that summer, as the Obama administration weighed military action against the Syrian regime following a similar atrocity, Trump kept up a steady drumbeat … of caution.
“President Obama, do not attack Syria,” he wrote on September 7, 2013, one of more than 50 tweets to that effect. “There is no upside and tremendous downside. Save your ‘powder’ for another (and more important) day!”
When the US and Russia negotiated a deal to take apart the regime’s chemical arsenal, ending the immediate crisis, Trump jumped back in with a more familiar line of criticism.
“The Russians are playing a very smart game,” he tweeted. “In the meantime they are buying lots of time for Syria and making U.S. look foolish. Dangerous!”
Episodes like these — when Trump’s current positions or pronouncements run up against his pre-presidential blaring — have become a nearly daily occurrence. The juxtapositions are typically framed by reporters and livened by critics, creating the odd effect of Trump, the citizen or candidate, trolling Trump, the president.
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