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Tulsi Gabbard: Who is the Hawaii congresswoman running for US president in 2020?



The Hawaii congressman announced that he will be running for president in 2020 in what is likely to be a crowded democratic camp.

Tulsi Gabbard, a veteran of the Iraq war who made history in 2012 as the first Hindu-elect in the United States Congress was considered a "rising star" within the Democratic Party.

The 37-year-old congresswoman was born in American Samoa, but her family moved to Hawaii for two years. It is the first member of the congress born in the US territory that covers seven islands of the South Pacific.


At the age of 21, Ms Gabbard became the youngest person elected to the state's Hawaiian Legislature, a decade before being elected to Congress to represent the second congressional district of Hawaii.

has also served in a medical unit of the National Guard of Hawaii and has been deployed twice in the Middle East.

Ms. Gabbard was one of the most prominent politicians supporting Bernie Sanders on Hillary Clinton in the 2016 Democratic presidential election. She resigned as vice president of the National Democratic Committee to express her support.

Congressional support for Sanders paid dividends two years later, when his re-election request was approved by our revolution, a basic political organization launched by campaigners Sanders.

Asked last year if he still considered running if Mr. Sanders was running, Mrs. Gabbard said that Sanders is a friend and did not know what his plans were.

"I'm thinking about how I can best serve, and I'll make my decision based on that," he said.

In 2016, Ms Gabbard drew criticism from fellow Democrats when she met with Donald Trump during his transition to president and later when she took a secret trip to Syria and met with President Bashar al-Assad, who has been accused of war crimes and genocide and has presided over a civil war which has killed over half a million people.

She questioned whether he was responsible for a chemical attack on civilians that killed dozens and led the US to attack a Syrian air base.

Ms Gabbard said she does not regret the trip and considers it important to meet with adversaries if "you are serious about pursuing peace".

The congresswoman noted that she was "sceptical" that  Mr Assad's regime was behind the chemical weapons attack that killed dozens of people in Syria in 2017, aligning her self with nationalist figures such as Narendra Modi of India.


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Ms Gabbard has also broken with most Democrats by embracing the use of the phrase "radical Islam" and joined Republicans in criticising Hilary Clinton and Barack Obama for not using the phrase. 

In 2015 the congresswoman was among a minority of Democrats who voted for additional restrictions on refugees entering the US from Syria and Iraq. 

Ms Gabbard told CNN in an interview set to air on Saturday night that she will formerly announce her presidential candidacy next week. 

"There are a lot of reasons for me to make this decision," she said. "There are a lot of challenges that are facing the American people that I'm concerned about and that I want to help solve."

Additional reporting by AP


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