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Tulsi Gabbard calls Trump ‘Saudi Arabia’s bitch’ after Khashoggi

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  • Tulsi Gabbard, a Democratic congresswoman in
    Hawaii, criticized Trump for standing by Saudi Arabia
    despite admitting they may have ordered the murder of
    Saudi critic Jamal Khashoggi.
  • Trump defended his standing by the kingdom by saying he
    was putting “America first.”
  • Gabbard wrote on Twitter: “being Saudi Arabia’s b—-
    is not ‘America First.'”
  • Gabbard has also drawn criticism over supporting Syrian
    President Bashar Assad and casting doubt on reports that his
    government uses chemical weapons on civilians. 

Hawaii congresswoman and combat veteran Tulsi Gabbard slammed
President Donald Trump by calling him “Saudi Arabia’s b—-” for
his support of the country’s leadership despite admitting they
may have ordered the murder of Saudi critic Jamal
Khashoggi.

“Hey @realdonaldtrump: being Saudi Arabia’s b—- is not
‘America First,'” Gabbard, a Democrat, tweeted

In
a statement on Tuesday,
Trump refused to personally blame or
take action against Saudi Crown Prince Mohammed Bin Salman, but
admitted that he may have ordered the Khashoggi’s brutal
murder.

Trump argued that avoiding condemnation of Saudi Arabia’s
leadership helped the US pursue its interests abroad. “Very
simply it is called America First!,” the end of the statement
read.

Read more: Trump’s
manic statement letting Saudi Arabia off the hook for Khashoggi
reveals a dark US secret

Gabbard, a 37-year old Iraq War veteran, has been discussed
as a
potential 2020 candidate.

Gabbard has been vocal about the US’ relationship with
Saudi Arabia, and said last week that the US needed to end
“support for
Saudi Arabia’s genocidal war in 

Yemen
now.”

Gabbard has also drawn scrutiny for meeting with Syrian President
Bashar Assad
without informing her party’s leadership.
Assad’s use of violence to crush Arab-spring protesters in Syria
launched a civil war in 2011 that continues to this day and has
seen millions displaced and hundreds of thousands killed. Gabbard
often come to Assad’s defense, expressing skepticism that his
government uses chemical weapons against
civillians

Trump said that he could not be sure if Crown Prince
Mohammad bin Salman, the de facto Saudi leader, was
involved in the killing of journalist Jamal Khashoggi, even
as the CIA has reportedly assessed with “high
confidence
” that he ordered the killing.

“Our intelligence agencies continue to assess all
information, but it could very well be that the Crown Prince had
knowledge of this tragic event — maybe he did and maybe he
didn’t!,” Trump said in Tuesday’s statement.

Khashoggi, a Saudi journalist who lived in the US and wrote for
The Washington Post, was killed inside the Saudi Consulate in
Istanbul on October 2. 


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The
fiance of slain journalist Jamal Khashoggi posted a touching
tribute for him on Twitter.


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Cengiz



Trump’s statement was met with widespread condemnation in
response, even from top GOP
allies.

Trump also stated that the close relationship between the US and
Saudi Arabia helped keep oil prices low.

“After the United States, Saudi Arabia is the largest oil
producing nation in the world. They have worked closely with us
and have been very responsive to my requests to keeping oil
prices at reasonable levels – so important for the world,” his
statement read.

He also
thanked Saudi Arabia for keeping oil prices low on
Twitter.

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