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Meghan McCain Confronts Tulsi Gabbard: When I Hear Your Name, I Think ‘Assad Apologist’

Congresswoman Tulsi Gabbard (D- HI) joined The View today to discuss her 2020 presidential run, and at one point Meghan McCain confronted her over Syria.

McCain first thanked her for her service before saying, “You know how I feel about your stance on foreign policy, and when I hear the name Tulsi Gabbard, I think of Assad apologist, I think of someone who comes back to the United States and is spouting propaganda from Syria.”

“You have said that the Syrian president Assad is not the enemy of the United States,” she continued, “yet he’s used chemical weapons against his own people 300 times, that was a red line with President Obama. That is not our enemy. 13 million Syrians have been displaced. So when you say regime change is hurtful for the country, but gassing children isn’t more hurtful, it’s hard for me to understand where you come from a humanitarian standpoint if you were to become president.”

Gabbard responded, “You’re putting words in my mouth that I’ve never said.”

McCain directly asked Gabbard if she considers Assad an enemy of the United States. Gabbard said this in response:

“An enemy of the United States is someone who threatens our safety and our security. There is no disputing the fact that Bashar al-Assad in Syria is a brutal dictator. There’s no disputing the fact that he has used chemical weapons and other weapons against his people. There are other terrorist groups in Syria who have used similar chemical weapons and other weapons of terror against the people of Syria. This is an unfortunate thing that wrenches at every one of our hearts. This is not something that I’m disputing, nor am I apologizing or defending these actions. My point is that the reality we are facing here is that since the United States started waging a covert regime change war in Syria starting in 2011, the lives of the Syrian people have not been improved. Their well-being has not gotten to a better place, their suffering has not decreased, it has increased, in addition to the fact that al-Qaeda is stronger in Syria today than ever before. So not only are we dealing with the fact that this regime change war we’ve been waging in Syria has not helped the Syrian people, it has made their lives worse off.”

Ana Navarro also pressed Gabbard about her views that the U.S. should stay out of Venezuela.

You can watch above, via ABC.

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