Published: Sat, January 12, 2019
Worldwide | By Jermaine Blake

Democratic Rep. Tulsi Gabbard Says She’s Running for President

Democratic Rep. Tulsi Gabbard Says She’s Running for President

Rep. Tulsi Gabbard, D-Hawaii, said she is running for president in an interview slated to air on CNN's "The Van Jones Show" Saturday evening.

"I have chose to run and will be making a formal announcement within the next week", CNN quoted Gabbard as saying in a pretaped interview for "The Van Jones Show".

Gabbard first sparked rumors of a 2020 run in December, when she toured Iowa and New Hampshire, the first two states to host nationwide party primary elections.

She made waves recently for saying in a tweet that President Trump is "Saudi Arabia's bitch" for announcing the USA 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. She left office in 2004 and volunteered to be deployed to Iraq.

She endorsed Sen. Bernie Sanders (I-VT) for president in 2016.

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The congresswoman recently found herself publicly sparring with a fellow Hawaii Democrat, Sen. Gabbard would likely fight for attention in the race with other big names in the party, like former Vice President Joe Biden, Vermont Sen.

Gabbard first emerged on the national stage as one of the few lawmakers in Washington to back Bernie Sanders' underdog candidacy in 2016 against Hillary Clinton during the last presidential primary campaign.

"I'm seriously thinking of how I can best be of service to our country", she told Concord Monitor News reporter Paul Steinhauser before meeting with Rockingham County Democrats. Gabbard didn't use any names, but the description applied to questions asked by Senators Hirono and Harris.

"Whatever you think about President Assad, the fact is that he is the president of Syria", she told CNN's Jake Tapper when she returned from her trip. After Donald Trump was elected, she met with the then president-elect to discuss the war in Syria. 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. In 2017, Gabbard was criticized for meeting with Syrian dictator Bashar Al-Assad.

Republican National Committee spokesman Michael Ahrens dismissed Gabbard's chances in a statement on Friday. In response, Gabbard wrote on Twitter that "being Saudi Arabia's bitch is not 'America First'".

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