Former George W. Bush spokesman Ari Fleischer is generally more sympathetic of Donald Trump than many others from the last Republican administration.
But Donald Trump's poorly conceived "Mission Accomplished" tweet following Friday's attack on Syria was an exception.
"I would have recommended ending this tweet with not those two words," he wrote on Twitter.
In a series of tweets, Fleischer then laid out "the full story" of the infamous banner behind George W. Bush during the attack on Iraq that started the war that the U.S. is still fighting 15 years later.
"I get the symbolism that came back to bite us months later when the war turned and the insurrection grew," he wrote.
Here's the story—with an important caveat at the end.
Um...I would have recommended ending this tweet with not those two words. https://t.co/h5Fl7kjea6— Ari Fleischer (@Ari Fleischer) 1523709726.0
It’s obviously too late and I get the symbolism that came back to bite us months later when the war turned and the… https://t.co/Kn7bkHiCf8— Ari Fleischer (@Ari Fleischer) 1523711879.0
After our advance crew boarded the ship in Hawaii days prior to Bush’s landing on the USS Abraham Lincoln, the Navy… https://t.co/4ctEMtKORn— Ari Fleischer (@Ari Fleischer) 1523712022.0
The crew asked the WH staff if it would be ok to hang a banner saying “Mission Accomplished”. We readily agreed.… https://t.co/pVYAU9nauq— Ari Fleischer (@Ari Fleischer) 1523712130.0
In his remarks, Bush stated the danger was not over and that difficult missions lay ahead, particularly in the Sunn… https://t.co/5RCcVBKHQr— Ari Fleischer (@Ari Fleischer) 1523712210.0
It was the crew’s message from start to finish. It also was the backdrop for Bush’s speech. In May 2003, everyone… https://t.co/FA8XO9ro1B— Ari Fleischer (@Ari Fleischer) 1523712627.0
By the Fall, the shot of Bush with the banner became a symbol of what went wrong. And now you know the full story.— Ari Fleischer (@Ari Fleischer) 1523712677.0
https://t.co/xH0kQGV96F— Ari Fleischer (@Ari Fleischer) 1523716392.0
It's worth mentioning that Fleischer has previously taken responsibility, saying: "We put it up. We made the sign. But I think it accurately summed up where we were at the time, mission accomplished... the mission was to topple Saddam Hussein.