Gabbard fires back at Romney’s ‘treasonous’ barb with receipts, offers senator two unsavory options

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Former Democratic presidential candidate Tulsi Gabbard blasted Senator Mitt Romney (R-UT) for labeling her a “treasonous” liar over claiming the U.S. has 25+ biological labs in Ukraine, informing him that they were akin to the Wuhan lab in China where COVID is thought to have originated.

Her Twitter response was in response to Romney stating, “Tulsi Gabbard is parroting false Russian propaganda. Her treasonous lies may well cost lives.”

[email protected], you have called me a ‘treasonous liar’ for stating the fact that ‘there are 25+ US-funded biolabs in Ukraine which if breached would release & spread deadly pathogens to US/world’ and therefore must be secured in order to prevent new pandemics. Bizarrely, …,” she tweeted.

“… you claim that securing these labs (or even calling for securing these labs) is treasonous and will lead to a loss of life, when the exact opposite is obviously true. The spread of pathogens is what will cause the loss of life, not the prevention of such spread,” Gabbard continued in her lengthy thread.

“Senator Romney, please provide evidence that what I said is untrue and treasonous. If you cannot, you should do the honorable thing: apologize and resign from the Senate,” she challenged the senator.

“Evidence of the existence of such biolabs, their vulnerability, and thus the need to take immediate action to secure them is beyond dispute:” she contended, before detailing her claim.

“#1. State Department’s Victoria Nuland acknowledged such labs containing dangerous pathogens exist in Ukraine in her testimony to the US Senate (March 8, 2022): ‘Ukraine has biological research facilities which, in fact we are quite concerned that Russian troops may be seeking…'” Gabbard continued.

“…to gain control of. We are working with the Ukrainians on how they can prevent any of those research materials from falling into the hands of Russian forces should they approach,” she asserted.

“#2. Pentagon Fact sheet (March 11, 2022) has numerous statements directly & indirectly confirming the existence of such biolabs.’S-COOPERATIVE-THREAT-REDUCTION-PROGRAM-BIOLOGICAL-THREAT-REDUCTION-PROGRAM-ACTIVITIES-IN-UKRAINE.PDF,” Gabbard tweeted.

“The United States, through BTRP, has invested approximately $200 million in Ukraine since 2005, supporting 46 Ukrainian laboratories, health facilities, and diagnostic sites,” she argued.

“#3. CBS Face the Nation (March 13, 2022) correspondent David Martin said a Pentagon official told him they’re concerned about the existence of such biolabs in Ukraine: ‘The concern is that the Russians will seize one of these biomedical research facilities that Ukraine has…” the Hawaiian Democrat recounted.

“…where they do research on deadly pathogens like botulism and anthrax, seize one of those facilities, weaponize the pathogen, and then blame it on Ukraine and the US, because the US has been providing support for some of the research being done in those facilities,’” she added.

“#4. In April 2020, in refuting Russia’s accusation that U.S. is using biolabs in Ukraine to develop biological weapons, U.S. Embassy in Ukraine acknowledged there are U.S. funded labs in Ukraine working with pathogens for vaccine & other peaceful purposes,” Gabbard put forth.

“#5. CNN fact-check (March 10, 2022): ‘There are US-funded biolabs in Ukraine, that much is true,’” she went on to note.

“#6. Furthermore, according to the DoD there are two biolabs in Ukraine that have been under Russian control for some time: ‘Russia illegally took possession of two Ukrainian-owned laboratories that BTRP upgraded in 2014 and continues to deny Ukrainian access to these facilities.’” Gabbard claimed.

“So, Senator Romney, you have a choice: out of pride, continue to deny the truth or admit you are wrong, apologize, and resign. Aloha. And remember that without the truth, we can be neither safe nor free,” she concluded.

A State Department spokesperson told Newsweek in an interview last week that the “biological research facilities” that Secretary of State for Political Affairs Victoria Nuland mentioned during a congressional hearing are actually in reference to “Ukrainian diagnostic and biodefense laboratories” and confirmed that they “are not biological weapons facilities.”

“These institutions counter biological threats throughout the country,” the spokesperson declared, confirming Ukraine is “in compliance with the Biological Weapons Convention (BWC),” while “the same cannot be said for Russia, which has an active biological weapons program and is in violation of the BWC.”

“We took note of Russia’s false claims about alleged U.S. biological weapons labs and chemical weapons development in Ukraine. We’ve also seen Chinese officials echo these conspiracy theories,” White House press secretary Jen Psaki tweeted on Wednesday.

“This is preposterous. It’s the kind of disinformation operation we’ve seen repeatedly from the Russians over the years in Ukraine and in other countries, which have been debunked, and an example of the types of false pretexts we have been warning the Russians would invent,” she declared.


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