Published: Sat, February 09, 2019
Global News | By Blake Casey

Rep. Gabbard Won't Call Syria's Assad a US Adversary

Rep. Gabbard Won't Call Syria's Assad a US Adversary

Democratic Rep. Tulsi Gabbard, who's running for president in 2020, on Sunday lashed out at NBC News over a report suggesting Russian propagandists have started to back her candidacy.

"Do you think Assad is our enemy?" panelist Kasie Hunt asked Gabbard.

"Assad is not the enemy of the United States, because Syria does not pose a direct threat to the United States", said Gabbard, striking an anti-interventionist tone throughout the interview.

Co-host Joe Scarborough followed up later, asking if Assad is an "adversary" of the United States.

Pressed on whether she would describe him a an "adversary" of the USA she said: "We have to look to who poses a threat to 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.

"No, I think that it is, it continues to be very important for any leader in this country to be willing to meet with others, whether they be friends or adversaries or potential adversaries if we are serious about the pursuit of peace and securing our country", Gabbard, who represents Hawaii, replied.

"If you can not say he's an adversary or an enemy, what is Assad to the U.S.?"

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.

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"You can describe it however you want to describe it", Gabbard said.

"U didn't know I'm Polynesian/Cauc?"

U.S. Representative Tulsi Gabbard (D-HI) speaks after being awarded a Frontier Award during a ceremony at the Kennedy School of Government at Harvard University in Cambridge, Massachusetts November 25, 2013. The Hawaii congresswoman compounded that criticism when she subsequently expressed skepticism over reports Assad had used chemical weapons.

"I certainly think it's possible".

In the audience, her dad, State Representative Mike Gabbard and mom, Carol, say they're happy she's stepping up to serve others. Meanwhile, the right said that America had to intervene to fight terrorism, even though the CIA's Operation Timber Sycamore was effectively creating more terrorists by training and equipping these non-state actors.

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

Democratic presidential hopeful Rep. Tulsi Gabbard has apparently gotten an endorsement she said she can do without - from former KKK leader David Duke. A few months later, Assad was accused of carrying out a chemical attack on civilians that prompted US missile strikes in Syria.

The Hawaii congresswoman, who has controversial positions on foreign policy, also seemed to embrace the notion NBC is part of a broader effort to undermine her campaign because she has views contrary to the Democratic establishment.

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