BEIRUT, LEBANON (10:20 A.M.) – During an interview on The View, yesterday, U.S. presidential hopeful Tulsi Gabbard was grilled by Meghan McCain over her previous meeting with Syrian President Bashar Al-Assad.
McCain began by thanking Gabbard for her military service, but then quickly turned to her perception of the U.S. presidential hopeful.
“When I hear the name Tulsi Gabbard, I think of Assad apologist. I think of someone who comes back to the United States and is spouting propaganda from Syria,” McCain said.
“You have said that the Syrian President, Assad, is not the enemy of the United States,” McCain said, referencing Gabbard’s previous comments on MSNBC, “yet he’s used chemical weapons against his own people 300 times.”
McCain’s chemical weapons claim was in reference to a recent article from the Global Public Policy Institute which said the government had used these internationally banned weapons more than 300 times since 2013.
Gabbard responded to McCain’s comments by accusing her of “putting words in [her] mouth.”
When she was asked to clarify her position, Gabbard stood her ground and reiterated that Assad was not enemy of the United State.
“An enemy of the United States is someone who threatens our safety and our security,” she said.
“There is no disputing the fact that Bashar al-Assad and Syria is a brutal dictator,” Gabbard continued.
“There’s no disputing the fact that he has used chemical weapons and other weapons against his people. There are other terrorist groups in Syria who have used similar chemical weapons and other weapons of terror against the people of Syria,” she woud add.