Tulsi Gabbard Responds to Assad Question By Accusing MSNBC Host of 'Talking Points' Kamala Harris is 'Feeding You'

Following the second Democratic debate in which she ripped Senator Kamala Harris's California attorney general record, Congresswoman Tulsi Gabbard responded to an MSNBC host's prodding into her ties to Syrian President Bashar al-Assad by accusing the host of being fed "talking points" from Harris.

The Congresswoman from Hawaii received praise for nailing the most successful attack on Harris of any candidate on the debate stage Wednesday, but soon after faced scrutiny for not apologizing for a 2017 meeting with Assad and refusing to call him a war criminal afterward.

MSNBC host Yasmin Vossoughian confronted Gabbard, an Iraq War veteran, on the matter on Thursday.

"So 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 said. "Why do you cause the killings of over half a million people in your country?"

Gabbard tried to steer the conversation in a different direction.

"Look I wanna break this down to what we're talking about," the Congresswoman said, as the Chryon stated, "Gabbard on claim Trump supports Al Qaeda."

Vossoughian cut in: "It's really a yes or no answer."

"No, no it's not," Gabbard said, and the two engaged in a back-and-forth.

"I want to break this down to what we're talking about today," Gabbard continued, "Because you're talking about a meeting that took place, what, three years ago?"

The Congresswoman then hit the host with the accusation.

"And every time I come back on here on MSNBC, you've got to talk to me about these issues," Gabbard said. "It sounds like these are talking points that Congresswoman Kamala Harris and her campaign are feeding you."

Vossoughian responded: "It' s not a talking point, Congresswoman. I think it's important..."

Gabbard cut the host off and brought it back to Harris: "Because she's refusing to answer the questions that were posed to her."

The MSNBC host said she thought it was important for the American people to have context about Gabber's foreign policy stance.

"I would love to provide that context," Gabbard said, but did not elaborate.

Vossoughian stressed it was important "if you're leading with foreign policy and you're running for president of the United States.

.@TulsiGabbard accuses @MSNBC host of using talking points fed from the @KamalaHarris campaign: pic.twitter.com/taIuXBdNvX

— Anders Hagstrom (@Hagstrom_Anders) August 1, 2019

Gabbard was more critical of Assad on CNN's Prime Time on Thursday.

"He's a brutal dictator," she said of Assad. "Just like Saddam Hussein. Just like Gadhafi in Libya,"

Gabbard continued that "the reason that I'm so outspoken on this issue of ending these wasteful regime-change wars is because I have seen firsthand this high human cost of war and the impact that it has on my fellow brothers and sisters in uniform."

She vowed to "do anything and everything that I possibly can to stop sending our men and women in uniform into harm's way, fighting in these wasteful, counterproductive wars."

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Democratic presidential hopefuls Senator from California Kamala Harris (L), entrepreneur Andrew Yang (C) and Representative for Hawaii's 2nd congressional district Tulsi Gabbard (R) speak during the second round of the second Democratic primary debate of the 2020 presidential campaign season hosted by CNN at the Fox Theatre in Detroit, Michigan on July 31, 2019. JIM WATSON/AFP/Getty Images