Democrat presidential candidate Tulsi Gabbard slammed MSNBC on Thursday after the network repeatedly pressed her for meeting Syrian President Bashar Al-Assad, who has gassed children.
Gabbard’s fire was directed at MSNBC host Yasmin Vossoughian, who asked Gabbard about her January 2017 meeting with al-Assad when she visited Syria.
“When sitting down with someone like Bashar al-Assad in Syria, do you confront him directly and say, why do you order chemical attacks on your own people?” Vossoughian asked Gabbard. “Why do you cause the killings of over half a million people in your country?”
“You’re talking about a meeting that took place, what, three years ago?” Gabbard fired back. “And every time I come back here on MSNBC you guys talk to me about these issues, it sounds like these are talking points that Kamala Harris and her campaign are feeding you because she’s refusing to address the questions that were posed to her.”
“Congresswoman, it’s important, I think, for the American people to have context about your foreign policy issues and where you stand,” Vossoughianm replied. “If you’re leading with foreign policy and running for President of the United States. A meeting with Bashar al-Assad, which I’m sure you understand, is a very controversial meeting to take.”
“Every single time for three years?” Gabbard responded. “This is where the propaganda comes in because I’ve talked about this a lot for the last three years.”
Gabbard told MSNBC earlier this year that “Assad is not the enemy of the United States because Syria does not pose a direct threat to the United States.”
Following Wednesday’s Democratic debate, CNN’s Anderson Cooper repeatedly asked Gabbard if she thought al-Assad was a torturer and a murderer. Cooper had to repeatedly press Gabbard before she agreed that al-Assad was a murderer.