Dem 2020 Hopeful Tulsi Gabbard Avoids Answering Whether She Thinks Syrian Leader Is a War Criminal

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Representative Tulsi Gabbard (D-Hawaii) avoided directly answering a question about whether she believes Syrian leader Bashar al-Assad is a war criminal during a CNN town hall on Sunday night.

The 2020 Democratic presidential candidate answered many questions about her policies during the town hall. However, when asked about the Syrian leader, Gabbard struggled to respond.

“I think that the evidence needs to be gathered and, as I have said before, if there is evidence that he has committed war crimes, he should be prosecuted as such,” Gabbard said.

Speaking out about her meeting with the Syrian leader in 2016, Gabbard said she “felt that it’s important that if we profess to truly care about the Syrian people, about their suffering, then we’ve got to be able to meet with anyone that we need to if there is a possibility that we can achieve peace.”

Watch her comments below:

Although there are multiple reports that Assad has used chemical weapons on his own people, Gabbard said that her experience as a veteran has made her skeptical.

“So as a soldier, as an American, as a member of Congress, it is my duty and my responsibility to exercise skepticism any time anyone tries to send our service members into harm’s way or use our military to go in and start a new war,” Gabbard said.

However, this is a different approach than the one she took during an interview on “The View” in February when co-host Meghan McCain called her out for the meeting with Assad and questioned his controversial actions.

Watch the moment below:

Gabbard admitted that there was “no disputing the fact that Bashar al-Assad and Syria is a brutal dictator” who has “used chemical weapons and other weapons against his people.” It is uncertain why Gabbard is now avoiding speaking out about his problematic actions.

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Rocky Drummond
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She said that she wants to see evidence before making a decision and that a US administration has, in the past, concocted false evidence.

Who can one trust? Gabbard spoke with Assad to get her own perspective. Sort of like Trump speaking with Putin and Kim.

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