Wednesday, 24 April, 2019

US Democrat Tulsi Gabbard who 'drank tea with Assad' announces presidential candidacy

Rep. Tulsi Gabbard lashed out at NBC News over a report suggesting Russian propagandists are beginning to support her campaign for president Tulsi Gabbard kicks off presidential campaign at Honolulu rally
Patty Aguilar | 09 February, 2019, 20:39

A Samoan-American, she was the first Hindu elected to Congress.

The report added, "Since Gabbard announced her intention to run on January 11, there have been at least 20 Gabbard stories on three major Moscow-based English-language websites affiliated with or supportive of the Russian government".

"Join me in putting this spirit of service above self in the forefront and stand up against greed and corruption", Gabbard said.

GABBARD: I just want to point out - I want to point out that that NBC article has been debunked and disproven.

She made waves recently for saying in a tweet that President Trump is "Saudi Arabia's bitch" for announcing the US will stand with Saudi Arabia, regardless of any intelligence community assessment on Saudi Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman's involvement in the killing of Washington Post columnist Jamal Khashoggi.

She then endorsed Sanders for president, becoming one of the few members of Congress to do so.

Gabbard

Gabbard has a history of taking controversial foreign-policy stances, and was widely criticized in 2017 after she visited Syrian President Bashar al-Assad - an ally of Russian President Vladimir Putin.

Gabbard, who formally launched her campaign on Saturday, in a tweet accused NBC of employing "journalistic fraud to discredit our campaign". Her fact-finding meeting with Assad may have provided the information she needed to present her constituents with a more complete assessment of the situation.

Gabbard did not seem fazed by criticism of her position on Syria following the interview.

Nominating contests begin in February 2020, for the Democratic candidates seeking delegates who will select a nominee at the party's convention, which is scheduled from July 13-16, 2020. The hosts of the show pushed back against the Hawaii Democrat's comments, but Gabbard, who is a veteran, said she is more concerned with how our military is being used in the Middle East. The candidate who amasses the majority of delegates will be nominated at the party's convention in the summer and will likely face Republican President Donald Trump in November's general election.

"There is one main issue that is central to the rest, and that is the issue of war and peace", she said.

"The leadership, the determination, that mission oriented that she learned has served her well in trying to serve the people of this state, and hopefully this country", Mike Gabbard said. She encouraged Trump and congressional Republicans to pull USA military forces out of Syria. She also grew up in a socially conservative household and, as a very young woman, she participated in her activist father's campaigns against the legal recognition of same-sex partnerships as marriage.

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