As tensions have continued to escalate with Iran, the possibility of military action has also increased. The New York Times reported last week that President Donald Trump even approved a strike on Iran before pulling back on Thursday night.
The Times reported that planes were already in the air and that Naval assets were in position until a strike was eventually called off. There was also a collision of commercial ships in the Gulf of Oman that continued to escalate tensions.
On Twitter, Trump has been occasionally tweeting toward the Middle Eastern regime. On Thursday, after the Iranians blew a U.S. surveillance drone out of the sky, Trump tweeted, “Iran made a very big mistake!”
“Iran to defy Uranium Stockpile Limits”
— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) June 17, 2019
Iran made a very big mistake!
— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) June 20, 2019
But these tweets reminded plenty of people about an earlier moment in Trump’s online foreign policy remarks.
During the Obama administration, Trump routinely accused his predecessor of trying to start a war with the Iranians.
At one point, he declared, “In order to get elected, Obama will start a war with Iran.”
In order to get elected, @BarackObama will start a war with Iran.
— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) November 29, 2011
The idea that Obama was getting ready to start a war with Iran just to help him get reelected was something of a refrain in Trump’s early tweets.
Don't let Obama play the Iran card in order to start a war in order to get elected–be careful Republicans!
— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) October 22, 2012
On another occasion, Trump accused Obama of getting ready to attack Iran “in order to show how tough he is.”
Remember what I previously said–Obama will someday attack Iran in order to show how tough he is.
— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) September 25, 2013
Perhaps most interestingly, Trump once suggested that Obama will strike Iran in order to boost his approval numbers. Of course, at the same time, Trump’s own approval numbers are lagging and have been consistently lower than Obama’s.
Now that Obama’s poll numbers are in tailspin – watch for him to launch a strike in Libya or Iran. He is desperate.
— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) October 9, 2012
Democrats have hit Trump hard over the escalating tensions. Senator Elizabeth Warren tweeted “there is no justification for further escalating this crisis—we need to step back from the brink of war.”
Senator Chris Murphy, who has a spot on the powerful foreign relations committee tweeted, “The place we have arrived at tonight on Iran is Donald Trump’s choice. He chose escalation over diplomacy, without any idea how to get out of the downward spiral he set in motion.”