Democratic presidential candidate for 2020 Rep. Tulsi Gabbard lashed out at Trump on Wednesday after the president vetoed the Yemen War Powers Resolution this week, which sought to end US support for the Sauid-led war in Yemen.
The Hawaiian congresswomen and outspoken US foreign policy critic asserted the president is turning the nation “into the prostitute of Saudi Arabia” and further stated he vetoed the bill “to please his Saudi masters” in a minute-and-a-half campaign video.
"Unlike Donald Trump I will not turn our great country into the prostitute of Saudi Arabia."
The former combat veteran who served in the Iraq War has gotten visibility and vast push back even within her own party for making "ending regime change wars" her campaign focus.
“By vetoing the war powers resolution, Trump has again proven that he is the servant of Saudi Arabia, the theocratic dictatorship that spends billions of dollars every single year spreading the most extreme and intolerant form of Islam around the world,” Gabbard said in a social media video. “The very same ideology that motivated al Qaeda and other jihadists,” she added, echoing her prior theme calling out Saudi support for al-Qaedia and ISIS.
The 37-year-old had been a key mover behind the bipartisan congressional push to invoke the war powers act directing the commander-in-chief to remove US forces from the Yemen campaign within 30 days.
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
For years going back to the Obama administration, the United States has been providing logistics, intelligence sharing and arms sales to the Saudi-led coalition fighting Iran-backed Houthi rebels. The U.S. military also provided aerial refueling to coalition jets, but the administration suspended that support in November.
Hawks in the administration have argued Iran is using Yemen as a proxy battleground to expand its influence in the Middle East — an argument which has apparently convinced Trump.
In her latest provocative campaign video, Gabbard further suggests that in aiding Riyadh, American is giving indirect support for ISIS, saying:
Saudi Arabia also supports terrorist groups like al-Qaeda and ISIS in a number of other ways. and they are waging a genocidal war in Yemen with US support.
She continued, "Unfortunately Trump is more interested in pleasing the Saudis than doing what is right." And calling out what appears to be the president's violation of his own 'America first' policy, she said: "I guarantee you that as president I will actually put the interests and the values of the American people first, not the interests of the theocratic dictatorship of Saudi Arabia."
Given that Gabbard has recently received enough individual/unique donations to qualify for the first 2020 Democrat primary debates, without doubt the race is sure to be much more interesting on the foreign policy front with her in it.