Published: Sat, January 12, 2019
Worldwide | By Angelina Lucas

Tulsi Gabbard announces 2020 presidential run to take on Donald Trump

Tulsi Gabbard announces 2020 presidential run to take on Donald Trump

Before Rep. Gabbard made her announcement on social media, CNN reported that Gabbard meant to run for the office during an interview slated to air at 7 p.m. Saturday on the network's "The Van Jones Show". She is the first American Samoan and the first Hindu member of Congress.

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

More about Gabbard's background: Gabbard was formerly the vice chairwoman of the Democratic National Committee, and was a vocal supporter of Sanders' 2016 campaign.

Gabbard drew heavy criticism when she met secretly with Assad in Damascus in 2017 during a fact-finding mission that also took her to the decimated city of Aleppo.

Gabbard was one of the most prominent lawmakers to back Bernie Sanders over Hillary Clinton in the 2016 Democratic primary.

Ms Gabbard is joining what is expected to be a crowded Democratic field.

"There are a lot of reasons for me to make this decision".

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Her father Mike Gabbard, a Hawaii State Senator, told the local Hawaii News Now: "I didn't know she had made a final decision". Though Gabbard has been aligned with Trump over some aspects of Middle East policy ― including whether the USA should provide support for Syrian militias fighting Assad ― she recently called Trump "Saudi Arabia's bitch" for his failure to react to the Saudi killing of journalist Jamal Khashoggi.

"Assad apologist" seems to be the Tulsi equivalent of "Putin puppet", judging from the early tweets, though she was accused of being one of those too. She said "whoever is found responsible" must be held accountable and talked about "if" Assad is indeed guilty. Elizabeth Warren of MA and other candidates.

A staunch anti-war voice in Congress, Gabbard has called for the halt further involvement in Saudi Arabia's military intervention in Yemen, describing the civil war as a humanitarian crisis.

Gabbard has a habit of bucking people in her own party.

Gabbard, 37, is a US army veteran and a three-term member of the US House of Representative from Hawaii, where the 44th president of the United Sates Barack Obama was born and raised and where he would vacation with his family every major holidays. Former Vice President Joe Biden and former Rep. Robert Francis "Beto" O'Rourke (D-TX) are also reportedly considering running for president.

"Tulsi Gabbard has an even bigger problem than her lack of experience - it's that she has no base of support", RNC spokesman Michael Ahrens wrote in a statement released Friday evening.

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