She said she sat down with Assad in an attempt to end the civil war in Syria. She also was one of the first female combat veterans elected to Congress ― deployed to Iraq from 2004 to 2005, and to Kuwait from 2008 to 2009 as a member of the Hawaii Army National Guard.
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Gabbard has attracted significant criticism for her positions on Syria, particularly on Assad.
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Gabbard has earned her right to be critical of those conflicts.
US Senator Elizabeth Warren of MA on 31 December announced she had formed an exploratory committee for a White House run in what is expected to be a crowded Democratic primary field before the November 2020 presidential election. She questioned whether he was responsible for a chemical attack on civilians that killed dozens and led the U.S.to attack a Syrian air base. Rania Batrice, who was a deputy campaign manager for Bernie Sanders in 2016 and is now a top aide to Gabbard, will be her campaign manager, CNN reported.
A number of other potential Democratic candidates, including heavyweights like former Vice President Joe Biden and Vermont Sen. She was one of a handful of Democrats who met with Trump during the presidential transition, amid speculation that she could become United Nations ambassador or secretary of state. "It is long overdue that we end USA complicity in Saudi Arabia's atrocities", Gabbard said of the hot button issue. Sanders eventually lost the nomination to Hillary Clinton, who went on to lose the election to Donald Trump.
Gabbard has also made headlines for referring to President Trump as "Saudi Arabia's b--", after the president argued for the importance of a strong U.S-Saudi relationship amid calls for him to take a tougher stance on the kingdom in response to the killing of writer Jamal Khashoggi.
Gabbard is now serving her fourth term in congress after being elected in 2012 to the US House, serving Hawaiʻi's 2nd District.
Gabbard sits on the House Foreign Affairs Committee, where she is able to influence USA foreign policy.