Twitter users blasted Secretary of State Mike Pompeo on Friday after he lamented the “horrific conditions” that had been endured by people who were until 1989 cut off from the West by the Berlin Wall.

Critics accused Pompeo of hypocrisy, given how a cornerstone of President Donald Trump’s administration is to build a barrier between the U.S. and Mexico.

“I’m so proud speaking mere feet from where the wall once stood to celebrate its demise now three decades ago,” said Pompeo, who served in the U.S. military on the border in the late 1980s, at the Koerber Global Leaders Dialogue event in Berlin on the eve of the 30th anniversary of the fall of the wall.

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Secretary of State Mike Pompeo speaks in Berlin: "I'm so proud speaking mere feet from where the wall once stood to celebrate its demise." pic.twitter.com/P1Q1XTvESZ

— The Hill (@thehill) November 8, 2019

“Sometimes we need to take a victory lap,” he added. “We get caught up in the challenge of the day and we forget the greatness that we have achieved to lift billions of people out of horrific conditions and that we did so together.”

The Twitter account for Samantha Bee’s late-night TV show “Full Frontal” said Pompeo “speaking about how walls are cruel is like watching a shark say the sight of blood makes it faint.”

Others noted the irony of Pompeo’s comments.

Defenders of Pompeo, however, argued the heavily guarded wall constructed in the German capital in 1961 was designed to keep people trapped in the East and not to deter migrants or drugs from entering the country, which Trump seeks to do with his promised barrier.

Mike Pompeo speaking about how walls are cruel is like watching a shark say the sight of blood makes it faint. https://t.co/13zpE4CE8D

— Full Frontal (@FullFrontalSamB) November 8, 2019

While Trump tries to build one that can be cut through with $100 saw from Lowe's…the irony

— OMG (@murrayjohnsonjr) November 8, 2019

Seriously, how do their heads just not explode?#Hypocrisy🤯 https://t.co/wn75mceaCO

— Peter Gleick (@PeterGleick) November 8, 2019

Irony is D-E-A-D https://t.co/kFgajczrKk

— Ken Dec (@kendec) November 8, 2019

Uuuuuummmmm…. pic.twitter.com/B6jkwahuJx

— is this real life? (@lcleary1959) November 8, 2019

pic.twitter.com/fUJlUnhG7w

— Books “My body is my own” Darling (@BooksDarling) November 8, 2019

There's something ironic about Mike Pompeo being in Germany today, at least in part to celebrate the collapse of the Berlin Wall – 30 years ago – while Donald Trump is busy building a wall on the southern border.

— S.C. (@sallycopper) November 8, 2019

Hello? Do these people hear themselves? https://t.co/EPzqf34tTn

— Rebecca Cusey (@rebecca_cusey) November 8, 2019

Irony is the fifth fundamental force of the universe. https://t.co/06wNMcRhmF

— Dave Rogers (@daverpvb) November 8, 2019

So wait, walls are…Walls are bad? Or good? Or … WTH?!? 🤷 https://t.co/iQGBsd5voA

— CrunchyMama 🏳️‍🌈 (@CrnchyMama) November 8, 2019 RELATED… Scaramucci Predicts The ‘Number 1 Threat’ To Trump In 2020 Trump 'Would Love To' Take Up Putin's Invite To Russian Military Parade 'Gross': Trump Jr. Likens Sacrifices Of Fallen Troops To Those Made By His Family Chris Hayes And His Audience Expertly Use Trump's Own Appeal Against Him Download REAL LIFE. REAL NEWS. REAL VOICES. Help us tell more of the stories that matter from voices that too often remain unheard. Join HuffPost Plus

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