On Friday night, Donald Trump announced that the United States, along with the United Kingdom and France, had launched military strikes in Syria in retaliation to the recent chemical weapon attacks in the country. In response, Sarah Huckabee Sanders was quick to defend her boss, while appearing to take a shot at former President Barack Obama in the process.

Sanders on Syria

The civil war in Syria picked up steam during the Arab Spring protests in 2011, with many pushing back against the regime of President Bashar al-Assad.

With Assad's government fighting against various rebel groups, as well as outside forces like the Islamic State trying to gain territory in the region, major superpowers decided to take sides. While most of the international community has condemned Assad and his treatment of civilians, Russia and Iran supported the Syrian government, with the Kremlin taking pat in air strikes since the fall of 2015. After news broke that Assad once again ordered a chemical weapons attack on his own people, the United States, United Kingdom, and France retaliated.

As expected, Donald Trump faced immediate backlash, with even many Republicans speaking out against his decision to take military action against Syria.

In an attempt to defend the president, Sarah Huckabee Sanders decided to tweet her support while throwing shade at Barack Obama over his "red line" remark. "Last night the President put our adversaries on notice: when he draws a red line he enforces it," Sanders said, in direct reference to Obama's comments during his time in office.

Sanders also attached a photo from inside the Situation Room showing the president and his team being briefed on the strikes in Syria.

Syria backlash

After Sarah Huckabee Sanders sent out her tweet, it didn't take long before critics gave their thoughts. "Evangelicals oppose the rule of law and law & order. It's illegal for a POTUS to attack a country without congressional authorization.

Only Congress can start wars," one tweet read.

"Yeah. We see how every target was emptied out before the strikes. Wasted a sh*t ton of money on blowing up empty buildings. Nothing but a rerun from last year.

Wag the dog," a Twitter user wrote. "If by 'on notice' you mean warning ahead of time, then yes—you’re right," another tweet added.

"Um, okay Snarky Sarah. A staged 'briefing' and a 'staged' attack. Wag the dog did not work. This sham administration will be gone soon," a social media user wrote. "Tweets like these are publicity bullsh*t," a follow-up tweet went on to read.