It goes without saying that for every Donald Trump assertion and tweet, there is another one in his past that states the exact opposite.
That's exactly what's happened with the Trump administration's current foreign policy regarding Iran. In the past week, the Trump administration has ordered an aircraft carrier strike group and B-52 bombers into the Middle East, reportedly in response to Iran putting short-range missiles on boats in the Persian Gulf.
National Security adviser John Bolton has also proposed a plan to send 120,000 troops into the region if Iran continued to walk away from the Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action, reports CNN. The US has also partially evacuated its embassy in Baghdad.
Further, the administration is also considering another sanctions package to destabilise Iran, undermine its leadership, and potentially serve as an alternative to military action, reports Yahoo.
Speaking about Bolton's plan on Tuesday, the president said:
Now would I do that? Absolutely. But we have not planned for that. Hopefully, we're not going to have to plan for that, and if we did that, we'd send a hell of a lot more troops than that.
However, social media users were quick to point out that Trump has issued a series of tweets in the past, that express the exact opposite sentiment on Iran.
In 2012, Trump said:
Don't let Obama play the Iran card in order to start a war in order to get elected--be careful Republicans!
In the same year, he also made the same point again, saying:
Now that Obama’s poll numbers are in tailspin – watch for him to launch a strike in Libya or Iran. He is desperate.
Oh, and let's not forget this one from 2013:
Remember that I predicted a long time ago that President Obama will attack Iran because of his inability to negotiate properly-not skilled!
Ok, so he's saying that Obama wanted to launch an air strike on Iran in order to boost failing numbers in the polls?
The irony of such a statement didn't get lost on people on Twitter.