US presidential candidate “Tulsi Gabard” about her meeting with Syrian President Bashar Al Assad and her defense, that it’ll do anything in the interest of the American people.
During the second debate of Democratic Party candidates on Wednesday, Senator Kamala Harris said that Gabard defended President Bashar Al Assad, and also refuses to be considered a war criminal (as she put it).
After the debate, journalist Anderson Cooper asked Gabbard about the charges against her, her views on President Assad and whether she agreed with Harris.
“I’ll talk to you as a soldier who was in Iraq, and I saw the cost of the war directly when I was serving in a medical unit there… War is too expensive”.
“Therefore, I’ll not apologize for doing all I can to protect my brothers and sisters and ensure that they are not sent to participate in wars of regime change, wars that make our country less secure, and take away many lives and spend billions”.
“If that means meeting an opponent, I’ll do it.
This is related to the national security of our country”, she said.
“I don’t defend and I don’t apologize.
I’ve nothing to say about what he did”, she said.
Gabbard spoke of former US presidents, how they were pragmatic in dealing, noting that she would follow the same approach, and set an example of Roosevelt’s deal with Stalin.
“I’ve been frank about this before.
The above is always said to dismiss the central issue, that we are still fighting a war to change the regime in Syria, and we still have troops in it, and soldiers are dying”, she said.
Therefore, this is what I am running for the presidency (foreign policy change)”.
Gabbard has already said that President Bashar Al Assad is not an enemy of the United States, as she had previously visited in private (in a personal capacity) in 2017, and on this visit said that meeting with him was important in the search for peace.
Later, Gabbard opposed US strikes on Syria, criticizing Trump’s “dependence” on Saudi Arabia and his failure to achieve America’s first policy and withdraw from the Iranian nuclear deal.