Democratic Congresswoman Tulsi Gabbard seemed to call President Donald Trump “Saudi Arabia's bitch” in response to his reasoning on Tuesday of why the U.S. was standing by Saudi Arabia despite evidence its top leadership murdered Washington Post journalist Jamal Khashoggi.
Gabbard, a lawmaker from Hawaii who also serves as a major in the Army National Guard, tweeted this out on Wednesday:
Hey @realdonaldtrump: being Saudi Arabia’s bitch is not “America First.”
— Tulsi Gabbard 🌺 (@TulsiGabbard) November 21, 2018
- Gabbard's tweet comes amid widespread criticism on both sides of the aisle of Trump's statement, in which he said “The world is a very dangerous place!” and reasoned that it would be foolish to cancel billions in defense contracts with the Kingdom over the “unacceptable and horrible crime” against Khashoggi that the Saudi Crown Prince maybe did “or maybe he didn't” know about.
- The CIA concluded the Crown Prince personally ordered the killing, according to CNN.
- Gabbard seemed to take issue with Trump echoing a number of Saudi talking points about the killing. The congresswoman has been criticized in the past for doing similar for Syrian President Bashar al-Assad.
- Still, Trump has sanctioned 17 Saudis “known to have been involved in the murder,” he said.
- Besides Gabbard, other Republicans criticized Trump's statement, including Sens. Rand Paul of Kentucky, Bob Corker of Tennessee, and Lindsay Graham of South Carolina.
- “When we lose our moral voice, we lose our strongest asset,” Graham tweeted.