Published: Sat, January 12, 2019
Global News | By Blake Casey

Hawaii Democratic Rep. Tulsi Gabbard announces 2020 presidential run

Hawaii Democratic Rep. Tulsi Gabbard announces 2020 presidential run

Hawaiian Rep. Tulsi Gabbard has announced that she will seek the Democratic nomination for president in 2020, a report said.

Gabbard said in a CNN interview slated to air Saturday night that she will be formally announcing her candidacy within the next week.

US Senator Elizabeth Warren of MA on 31 December announced she had formed an exploratory committee for a White House run in what is expected to be a crowded Democratic primary field before the November 2020 presidential election.

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.

Her office did not immediately respond to a request for comment. She also endorsed Keith Ellision for DNC chair in 2017.

In recent weeks, Massachusetts Sen.

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Gabbard threw her support behind Sanders' 2016 presidential campaign ― an endorsement that led her to publicly resign from her role as vice chairwoman of the Democratic National Committee. Gabbard accused Hirono and other Democrats of discriminating against Buescher's Catholic faith in their line of questioning.

Gabbard's aide Rania Batrice will manage her presidential campaign.

But asked whether Gabbard's rebuke would affect their relationship, Hirono told Hawaii News Now she "works well" with "Republicans" and said she would "certainly" welcome opportunities to work with Gabbard.

Gabbard positioned herself as one of President Barack Obama's fiercest critics over his handling of the so-called Islamic State. In January, she met with Assad without informing leaders in her party, and she dismissed his opposition ― including rebels backed by the United States ― as "terrorists". A clip of her announcement is already posted on the network's website, in which she says a formal announcement will be coming within the next week.

Gabbard has also made headlines for referring to President Trump as "Saudi Arabia's b--", after the president argued for the importance of a strong U.S-Saudi relationship amid calls for him to take a tougher stance on the kingdom in response to the killing of writer Jamal Khashoggi.

Tulsi Gabbard is the first Hindu member of Congress and its first Samoan American member, and she sits on the House Foreign Affairs Committee. "Liberals think she's too conservative, conservatives think she's too liberal, and just about everyone thinks her coziness with Bashar al-Assad is disturbing", said Ahrens.

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