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WASHINGTON – Meghan McCain did not detain any criticism of 2020 hopeful Tulsi Gabbard on Wednesday during a look at ABC's "The View".
Under Gabbard's appearance on Wednesday, co-host doubted McCain at the Hawaiian Democrat's view of Syrian President Bashar al-Assad, who earlier this month said she was not an enemy in the United States
. Gabbard's appearance became warm. She told the hosts why she was in the big pool of democratic candidates guarding the White House and talking about her military service abroad in Iraq.
But when she began to talk about her view of where the US should engage in the regime-change war and stressed her non-interventionist approach, including the ongoing conflict in Syria, McCain stopped her.
"Can I disturb you?" asked McCain, daughter of the bed of Republican Republican Senator John McCain.
"When I hear the name Tulsi Gabbard, I think of Assad apologist," McCain began. "I'm thinking of someone coming back to the US and spraying propaganda from Syria."
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She continued and apparently targeted Gabbard's heavily criticized visit to Syria in 2016, when she met Assad, who is accused of war crimes, including using chemical weapons on his people.
Gabbard said at that time that it was important to meet with opponents if "you are serious about pursuing peace."
McCain thanked Gabbard for her military service and questioned Gabbard's attitude toward Syria and Assad.
"You have said that Syrian President Assad is not the enemy of the United States, but he has used chemical weapons against his own people 300 times," McCain said. She questioned Gabbard's view that the regime's change war is harmful and asked that his use of chemical gas on children would be more harmful everywhere.
] "It is hard for me to understand where you come from, from a humanitarian point of view, if you were to become president," said McCain.
Gabbard replied by saying that McCain had put words in his mouth and said that the question of whether America's commitment helped the situation in Syria.
"This regime is changing war we have led in Syria, have not helped the Syrian people, it has made their lives worse," Gabbard said. "It has also undermined our national security."
She added that there was "no doubt that Bashar al-Assad and Syria are a brutal dictator" who "used chemical weapons and other weapons against his people."
But she added while the United States was involved, al Qaeda has formed a stronghold in the country. She said, as president, she would push to resolve the conflict in a peaceful way.
Gabbard's presidential campaign has become a rocky start since she announced last month.
She apologized for her previous remarks and actions against members of the LGBTQ community and has had hiccups with her staff. She has also faced her comments on Assad and her previous visit to the leader.
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