David Axelrod, the longtime friend and political adviser to President Barack Obama, lashed out at Hillary Clinton Tuesday after Clinton made disparaging remarks about Obama’s foreign policy.
The Huffington Post reports Axelrod was responding to comments Clinton made during an interview with The Atlantic that was published over the weekend.
Axelrod no longer works in the White House but remains a close friend with the president.
“Great nations need organizing principles, and ‘Don’t do stupid stuff’ is not an organizing principle,” Clinton told The Atlantic’s Jeffrey Goldberg.
“Don’t do stupid stuff,” has long been the flip answer Obama has given to summarize his foreign policy.
Axelrod, upset by the remarks made by the president’s former Secretary of State, fired off an angry response from his Twitter account.
“Just to clarify: ‘Don’t do stupid stuff’ means stuff like occupying Iraq in the first place, which was a tragically bad decision,” Axelrod tweeted, attacking Clinton’s vote in 2002, when she was still a U.S. senator, to authorize the use of force in Iraq.
That vote, many believe, cost Clinton the Democratic presidential nomination in 2008.
The nomination, of course, went to Obama.
Politico reports the rift left between the two from the 2008 race never went away. The new tweet from Axelrod could cause a larger split between them as Clinton gears up for what many believe will be a 2016 bid for the presidency.
But Clinton could be trying to patch things up. Her spokesman, Nick Merril, told the New York Daily News that Clinton phoned the president after the interview was published to make sure he understood “that nothing she said was an attempt to attack him, his policies, or his leadership.”
Clinton and Obama are both scheduled to attend a birthday party on Martha’s Vineyard Wednesday evening.
“While they’ve had honest differences ... some are now choosing to hype those differences but they do not eclipse their broad agreement on most issues,” Merril said. “Like any two friends who have to deal with the public eye, she looks forward to hugging it out when she they see each other tomorrow night.”