Over the weekend, the world’s largest oil refineries in Saudi Arabia were attacked, impacting about 5% of the world’s crude oil. The U.S. believes Iran is behind the attacks and has signaled their support for the Saudi government.
While the president has since made it clear that he is not interested in war, he originally announced that Americans were “locked and loaded” to retaliate against Iran, but his wording of the tweet drew criticisms as it seemed as though he was waiting on orders from Saudi Arabia.
Saudi Arabia oil supply was attacked. There is reason to believe that we know the culprit, are locked and loaded depending on verification, but are waiting to hear from the Kingdom as to who they believe was the cause of this attack, and under what terms we would proceed!
— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) September 15, 2019
As IJR previously reported, Gabbard accused Trump of being “Saudi Arabia’s bitch” and made it clear she disapproves of the president’s comments, as did several others.
She then doubled down on her remarks, claiming that Trump is treating the U.S. military as “prostitutes” that he can “pimp” out to countries like Saudi Arabia.
Watch Gabbard’s comment’s below:
.@realDonaldTrump Despicable. Offering to place our military assets under the command of a foreign country—Saudi Arabia—is a disgrace and betrayal of my patriotic brothers and sisters in uniform and to our Constitution. We are not your prostitutes. You are not our pimp. pic.twitter.com/Cu1OewEMOC
— Tulsi Gabbard (@TulsiGabbard) September 16, 2019
“Yesterday, President Trump offered to place our military, my brothers and sisters in uniform, under the command of Prince Mohammad bin Salman, the dictator of the Islamist kingdom of Saudi Arabia. Trump said: ‘We are locked and loaded but we are waiting to hear from the kingdom as to who they believe is the cause of this attack and under what terms we would proceed.’ Now, Mr. President, as you know, I have never engaged in hateful rhetoric against you or your family, and I never will. But your offering our military assets to the dictator of Saudi Arabia to use as he sees fit is a betrayal of my brothers and sisters in uniform who are ready to give our lives for our country. Not for the Islamists dictator of Saudi Arabia. And for you to think that you can pimp out our proud servicemen and women to the Prince of Saudi Arabia is disgraceful. And it once again shows that you are unfit to serve as our commander in chief.”
Gabbard made it clear that she found it “disgraceful” that Trump seemed to be deferring to the Saudi government. She also noted that she believes the president needs to seek the consent of Congress before taking any action in the Middle East.
She concluded by harshly saying, “My fellow service members and I, we are not your prostitutes. You are not our pimp.”