Tulsi Gabbard announces 2020 presidential run to take on Trump

Tulsi Gabbard announces 2020 presidential run to take on Trump

Tulsi Gabbard, the Democratic US Representative of Hawaii, has become the latest Democrat to throw her hat in the ring for the US presidential election in 2020.

Gabbard's declaration follows a December 12 appearance on MSNBC's "Hardball" in which she said she was "seriously considering" a presidential run.

"I have made a decision to run and will be making a formal announcement within the next week", Rep. Gabbard, 37, an Iraq War veteran as well as the first Hindu and first Samoan-American elected to the U.S. Congress, told CNN.

Gabbard drew heavy criticism when she met secretly with Assad in Damascus in 2017 during a fact-finding mission that also took her to the decimated city of Aleppo.

She said she met with him to show that USA can "truly care about the Syrian people" with the hope of achieving peace. She was one of a handful of Democrats who met with Trump during the presidential transition, amid speculation that she could become United Nations ambassador or secretary of state. Bernie Sanders' highest-profile supporters, aligning herself with his populist economic message.

"There are many reasons I'm offering to serve you as President - to ensure every American gets the healthcare they need, to bring about comprehensive immigration reform, to make sure we have clean water and clean air for generations to come, to fix our broken criminal justice system, to end the corrupt influence of special interests in Washington, and so much more".


"Not sure if the country is ready for another African American", said an Indian American Republican donor and strategist, who said he would like Harris to devote more time burnishing her credentials as an Indian American. She opposed the Obama administration's interventions in Syria as being "against America's national security, worldwide credibility, economic interest, and moral center" and has called for putting an end to the Afghanistan war "as soon as possible".

Sanders is considering his own 2020 run, in a field that has already drawn Sen. Elizabeth Warren (D-Mass.), Sen.

Gabbard is so far left that she lost the support of a Hawaii teacher's union over her handling of Syria. Gabbard supported legislation that made it more hard for Syrian refugees to enter the U.S.

Gabbard recalls that she found the meeting encouraging. She also noted that the 2003 invasion of Iraq was based on faulty intelligence and said that she wanted to understand the evidence of the Syria attack.

Gabbard has earned her right to be critical of those conflicts.

According to CNN, Senator Sanders's 2016 deputy campaign manager Rania Batrice will be Ms Gabbard's campaign manager.

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