Rep. Tulsi Gabbard Launches 2020 Presidential Bid

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Pro-Armenian congresswoman Tulsi Gabbard has become the latest Democrat to officially enter the race for the White House, pledging to confront politicians who have embroiled the U.S. in costly conflicts overseas, The Telegraph says.

Appearing on MSNBC's "Morning Joe", Gabbard declared that Syrian President Bashar al-Assad, an accused war criminal, is "not the enemy of the United States".

GABBARD: I would ask you to look at the credibility of the sources and the so-called experts.

"She's accused the US of pushing a policy of "regime change" wars and in January 2017, she met with Syrian President Bashar Al-Assad in Syria on what she called a 'fact-finding mission'".

In between her two tours, Gabbard served in the U.S. Senate as a legislative aide to Senator Daniel Akaka (D-HI), where she advised him on energy independence, homeland security, the environment, and veteran issues.

Scarborough pointed out that many world leaders "don't pose a direct military threat to the United States", but "consider themselves to be adversaries of the United States". If we learn tomorrow that Vladimir Putin likes Diet Coke, some people will see it as proof that Donald Trump is a Kremlin puppet.

But Assad has allied with America's geopolitical adversaries, Russian Federation and Iran, and is widely believed to be behind horrendous atrocities in Syria. "Do you consider Assad to be an adversary of the United States?" Warren is another person of interest from the other side of the spectrum. According to The Guardian, Gabbard's trip to meet with the murderous tyrant made her the first sitting us lawmaker to meet with Assad since the commencement of the bloody internecine conflict.

On this episode of Fault Lines, host Lee Stranahan is joined on the phone by co-host Garland Nixon who is now in Hawaii to cover Tulsi Gabbard's Presidential announcement.


Gabbard's campaign on Friday confirmed the departure but said Batrice would remain an adviser to Gabbard.

She responded: "U didn't know I'm Polynesian/Cauc?" In 2012, she was elected to the U.S. House of Representatives.

She said the obstacles are great but those can be overcome by facing them unitedly.

President Barack Obama drew a red line in Syria on the use of chemical weapons and in 2013 made the case for a military strike against Assad after evidence of their use against civilians emerged.

Gabbard, who is running for president in 2020, has taken a staunchly anti-interventionist stance when it comes to Syria.

A Washington Post op-ed referred to Gabbard as Assad's "mouthpiece in Washington".

Politico noted Gabbard had met in 2017 with the Syrian leader. A few months later, Assad was accused of carrying out a chemical attack on civilians that prompted USA missile strikes in Syria.

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