Rep. Tulsi Gabbard (D-HI) blasted President Donald Trump as a “servant of Saudi Arabia” in a Wednesday tweet.
“By vetoing War Powers Act, Trump again proves he’s the servant of Saudi Arabia — the theocratic dictatorship spending billions spreading the most extreme & intolerant form of Islam around the world, supporting al-Qaeda & other jihadists, & waging genocidal war in Yemen w/ US help,” Gabbard, who has announced her intentions to run for president in 2020, wrote on Twitter. The message was accompanied by a video of Gabbard speaking.
“Unlike Donald Trump, I will not turn our country into the prostitute of Saudi Arabia,” Gabbard says in the video.
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By vetoing War Powers Act, Trump again proves he’s the servant of Saudi Arabia—the theocratic dictatorship spending billions spreading the most extreme & intolerant form of Islam around the world, supporting al-Qaeda & other jihadists, & waging genocidal war in Yemen w/ US help pic.twitter.com/XsBy3EjhvW
— Tulsi Gabbard 🌺 (@TulsiGabbard) April 17, 2019
Gabbard, who served in the National Guard and was deployed to Iraq and Kuwait, has long criticized the president’s relationship with Saudi Arabia.
“Hey @realdonaldtrump: being Saudi Arabia’s b**** is not ‘America First,'” she tweeted in November of last year.
The War Powers Act that Gabbard refers to in her most recent tweet was passed in the House of Representatives and the Senate, but Trump vetoed the bill and said in a recent memo that it “unnecessary, dangerous attempt to weaken my constitutional authorities, endangering the lives of American citizens and brave service members.”
The War Powers Act ordered that troops be removed from international “hostilities” if there is no “declaration of war or specific statutory authorization” from Congress. The Act would have also ended the United States’ involvement in the Yemen War.
In her video, Gabbard states that the United States being involved with the Yemen War makes it complicit “in this genocide that’s causing millions of people to starve and suffer.”
The congresswoman added that the president is “more interested in pleasing the Saudis that doing what is right.”
The United States has helped the Saudi-led coalition in the Yemen War by providing munitions and intelligence.
Since the military conflict began, tens of thousands of Yemens have died in battle and due to famine and malnutrition. The war has been going on since 2015.
Saudi Arabian forces are battling the Houthi movement, which claims to be the rightful government of Yemen. Saudi Arabia is working to restore the government led by Abdrabbuh Mansur Hadi.
On the same day that Gabbard claimed the president was the “servant” of Saudi Arabia, Trump held a press conference at the White House where “opportunity zones” were introduced as part of the new GOP tax law.
The new program allows for individuals and businesses to earn capital gains tax breaks by investing in struggling communities that have been identified by the government as “opportunity zones.”
“It’s really a crucial part of our new tax law to help low-income Americans,” the president said.
Gabbard may not agree with the president knocking down her bill, but calling him a “servant” and “prostitute” to a foreign nation is absurd and does no one any good.
President Trump has mentioned time and time again how serious he is about ending U.S. involvement in the Middle East and bringing the troops home — an empty promise Barack Obama made while he was president that the mainstream media never seemed to call him on. Considering Trump’s foreign policy positions and his tireless work to provide more opportunities to middle and low-income Americans, Gabbard may want to rethink next time before she basically brands him a traitor in a campaign video.
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