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.
Tulsi Gabbard has been criticised for being sympathetic to Syrian dictator Bashar al-Assad and Russian leader Vladimir Putin, which has seen her clash with a number of fellow Democrats.
The official launch of the 37-year-old four-term Democratic congresswoman's campaign gives her presidential bid a chance at a reset after weeks of discord heading into the announcement.
"Join me in putting this spirit of service above self in the forefront and stand up against greed and corruption", Gabbard said.
Gabbard, an Army National Guard veteran who was deployed twice to the Middle East during her military service, has posited herself as an opponent of military intervention in conflict zones. 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 recently announced her campaign for the Democratic presidential nomination in 2020, and she has pledged to draw down United States military efforts overseas.More news: Amazon may drop plan for New York HQ after local opposition
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Gabbard has consistently opposed US intervention in Syria, going as far as to secretly meet with Syria's president, Bashar al-Assad, in January 2017, sparking fierce criticism from some in her own party.
GABBARD: I just want to point out - I want to point out that that NBC article has been debunked and disproven.
Rep. Tulsi Gabbard has added her name to a growing list of Democrats seeking to unseat President Donald Trump in 2020, and she plans to lean on her military experience to set herself apart. Gabbard comes from a multicultural, multi-religious family and she was the first Hindu elected to Congress.
"There is one main issue that is central to the rest, and that is the issue of war and peace", she said.
Duke, who has expressed anti-Semitic views, also tweeted that Gabbard "is now the only Presidential candidate who doesn't want to send White children off to die in Israel".
In the spring of 2017, Gabbard said she had stopped accepting defense industry money.
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. In other words, Morgan used his own fake Russian accounts to lie to the public and deceive the national media into believing that Kremlin-linked accounts were trying to defeat the Democratic Senate candidate when, in fact, the accounts he was citing were ones he himself had fabricated and controlled.