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Trump mocked for 'Mission Accomplished!' tweet after Syria strike

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April 15, 2018 09:10

The Twittersphere piled on US President Donald Trump after he tweeted on Saturday that the US-led strikes on Syria "could not have had a better result." 

"Mission Accomplished!" he wrote of the US, UK and French strikes against targets in Syria over the suspected use of chemical weapons.

Twitter users immediately saw a connection to comments from US President George W Bush in 2003 when he gave a speech announcing an end to major combat operations in Iraq with a massive banner behind him that read, "Mission Accomplished." 

Here's how Twitter responded:

"I didn't think I could be shocked by a tweet anymore but 'mission accomplished' was so surprising I had to double check that it was not a spoof," US Senator Brian Schatz, D-Hawaii, wrote. 

Ari Fleischer, White House press secretary under Bush, responded to Trump's tweet, writing, "Um...I would have recommended ending this tweet with not those two words." Fleischer went on to describe the back story of the banner.

MSNBC host Joy-Ann Reid tweeted, "Saying 'mission accomplished' always works out well for presidents."

Mike Levin, a Democratic candidate for California's 49th Congressional District, also criticised Trump's move.

"Even George W Bush, who almost never admitted mistakes, said using that term was a bad decision."

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