“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:
Democrat Tulsi Gabbard refuses to state that she would accept intelligence findings from U.S. intel agencies
Gabbard refuses to state that Bashar al-Assad is a war criminal despite multiple government agencies stating that he gassed his own people pic.twitter.com/W9dCsZMEh2
— Ryan Saavedra (@RealSaavedra) March 11, 2019
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:
Rep. Tulsi Gabbard says "there's no disputing the fact" that Bashar Al-Assad is a "brutal dictator" who "has used chemical weapons" against his people, but adds that amid the US's "regime-change war," the "lives of the Syrian people have not been improved" https://t.co/Y6QetT9YO3 pic.twitter.com/5p3fWKtncW
— The View (@TheView) February 20, 2019
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.