Gabbard travels to Syria on ‘fact-finding’ mission ahead of inauguration
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Gabbard travels to Syria on ‘fact-finding’ mission ahead of inauguration

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    Rep. Tulsi Gabbard, D-HI., nominated Sen. Bernie Sanders, I-VT., for president of the United States during the second day of the 2016 Democratic National Convention in Philadelphia. Gabbard traveled to Syria this week on what her aides described as a “fact-finding” mission relating to her efforts to bring resolution to a war that has torn the country apart and heightened tensions between the United States and Russia.

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U.S. Rep. Tulsi Gabbard traveled to Syria this week on what her aides described as a “fact-finding” mission relating to her efforts to bring resolution to a war that has torn the country apart and heightened tensions between the United States and Russia.

“As a member of the Armed Services and Foreign Affairs Committees, and as an individual committed to doing all she can to promote and work for peace, she felt it was important to meet with a number of individuals and groups including religious leaders, humanitarian workers, refugees and government and community leaders,” according to a statement from Emily Latimer, a spokeswoman for the congresswoman. “For security reasons, we will not be releasing additional details or comments until she returns.”

Gabbard’s trip also includes travel to Lebanon. She is scheduled to be back in Washington, D.C. when Congress resumes on January 22.

Gabbard has been a sharp critic of U.S. intervention in Syria and attempts to oust President Bashar al-Assad — who has come under fire for human rights abuses and war crimes — maintaining that removing the leader will create a vacuum that will be filled by Islamic terrorist groups.

Gabbard recently introduced the Stop Arming Terrorist Act out of concern that the U.S. has been inadvertently arming groups such as ISIS and al-Qaeda as the government works to aid Syrian rebel groups.

“Congresswoman Tulsi Gabbard has long been committed to peace and ending counterproductive, interventionist wars,” said Latimer. “She recently introduced the Stop Arming Terrorists Act, legislation that would stop our government from directly or indirectly supporting groups allied with and supporting terrorist groups like ISIS and al Qaeda.”

Gabbard’s office has been quiet about the trip until now. On Monday, her office told the Honolulu Star-Advertiser that Gabbard would not be attending President-elect Donald Trump’s inauguration on Friday because she would be on a “fact-finding trip abroad.” But her office didn’t respond to questions about where Gabbard was until this morning.

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    • Hate to say it, but Congresswoman Tulsi Gabbard is on self-seeking quest to preserve relations in the Middle East for the sake of her Middle Eastern decent husband. This mission seems to be more about amplifying the issues of her in-laws over carry out the best interest of her country, the United States of America, as well as constituents who voted her into office, such as myself. She need to stay away from uncharted territory and start thinking about the issues that needs to be brought to the forefront during the 2017 congressional session.

      • That’s quite a theory. I think you’ve gotten a little too used to our run-of-mill congressional delegation patting each other on the back and voting for whatever DNC leadership tell them too.

        I wouldn’t spend much time worrying about convoluted conspiracy theories anyway. Tulsi Gabbard is destined for higher office anyway.

        • Agree. Might turn out Tulsi will be the first female president of the United States. Hillary is a loser and alleged native American Indian Elizabeth Warren will NEVER get the electoral votes that Trump captured. Unlike Hillary who pretends to dodge bullets at an airport, visiting Syria is NOT the safest place to be “fact-finding” and if Tulsi spends enough time in the combat zone while a Congressman she will actually does have to duck from REAL bullets, giving her more creds she can use to help win a presidential election. The public want’s an independent person like Trump who is not a lap dog to the Democratic or Republican party. Right now Demo leaders like Pelosi, Wasserman-Shulz, Podesta, etc are Pariah’s and in 2020, if the best the Demo’s have to challenge Trump is Biden, Warren or socialist Sanders, they are in deep kim chee. Demo’s need Tulsi but Tulsi does not need the Demos and she can do whatever she wants like this Syria trip and her stock will go up. Bet serious backers in the shadows are quietly advising Tulsi now with the goal of running in 2020 to defeat Trump. Best strategy is to be highly visible and see if she can help as a US representative to stabilize the Middle East without committing massive US troops in the area and if she is successful in that task, four years from now she will be a formidable candidate against Trump Don’t want to sound petty but having a child now is not a good idea and if not done so already, address the dermatological things that required her to spend so much on makeup.

      • One way trip right?

        Once she gets there it will be the usual dog & pony show by the special interest groups. She will believe it, come back to be their lap dog. Happens all the time with our clueless elected bureaucrats.

    • I am mixed on her. I know that she is criticized for lacking any education, experience or legitimate military or combat experience, for endlessly self-promoting, but she did drive the corrupt Mufi out of office. He has never run successfully again after she shellacked him and unmanned him. He is still bitter. Give her credit for that.

    • Haaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaa!Stop It Keoni! “Hair Plug Schumer”. I love it,good one!
      So ? Is that a “Confirmation”?Will Tulsi be attending PE Trump’s Inauguration ceremony? Great! How’s the others doing? How’s “Queen Bee Lazy Mazie”? She and Nancy Pelosi sooooo Loves the “Bling”, I say she’ll be attending. Count her in! Who’s left? What about “See you Later Rail” Sen.Hanabusa? Not too sure about that one either. Now? Brian Schatz who is a whole different Liberal animal compared to the rest ? He is Extreme! I think he too may Pull the “Plug”!

  • Whoever runs against her needs to emphasize doing things for Hawaii. Syria, what? Do a fact finding mission to help our public schools, homelessness, food sustainability,and other issues having a direct and significant impact on Hawaii. Syria, really? Think and act like Inouye and Akaka, not the Secretary of State!

    • She’s done so much locally; it just doesn’t hit the news as much. She secured millions in funding to fight invasive species, she sponsored (and passed) Talia’s law to protect children in the military from child abuse, she secured funding to help local agriculture, she introduced and successfully passed a bill awarding Filipino WWII vets the Congressional Gold Medal award, she tirelessly meets with constituents around the state, etc., etc. Follow her on Facebook – it keeps you updated on what’s going on.

  • She’s not my favorite local politician (in fact none of them are my “favorites”) but I have to take my hat off. She may be one of the most artfully cunning people in the House. She manages to both avoid the inauguration, thereby not angering her base of voters and at the same time garner press coverage for her concern with the Syrian situation. Pretty smart.

    • Yes,cunning. I keep my eye on that one. Plus daddy being a career politician and one that had moved on both sides of the aisle. Where ever the wind blows the dried up leaves gather.

    • As a single member of Congress and a member of the minority party in the House, has she even been authorized by the Committee to do a fact-finding expedition? Under what authority is she going to Syria? Maybe the real reason is that she just doesn’t want to be in D.C. after Trump refused to giver her a job in his Administration.

    • Tulsi for whatever reason was selected and is being groomed by the powers that be just as Obama was. You will continue to see her gain prominence in the coming months on the national scene. An eventual run for some high office is very likely in the very near future. The only question is what price she will have to pay.
      Tulsi is smart so she understands that she is not the only one being groomed. The people who run things do not put all their eggs in one basket and promote and groom a number of
      individuals all at the same time. Only the strongest and those willing to do anything get to the top.

      • Agree. She has the combination of smarts, guts and motivation to take it to the next level. I for one think she is one of only a handful of politicians than can be trusted.
        Imua Tulsi!

      • The powers that be do not like it when someone goes off script and challenges the status quo as Tulsi has done. Consequently, she does not have the backing of the power players.

        • Former Demo “power players” like Podesta, Wasserman-Shulz, Pelosi, etc are PARIAHS after Trump defeated Hillary and Wikileaks published some of their internal emails.

  • I have respect for Tulsi. She’s a dem that puts partisanship aside and has served her country with honor. Comparing her to HRC is like apples and oranges, I think she would be a much better & way more likable candidate for the first female POTUS in 8 years from now.

  • Why is it that if you’re a Federal worker in the DC area on inauguration day you get a free holiday? But, at least she has an excuse for cutting class that day!

  • Agree with those that shared that she needs to represent and advocate for local issues here in Hawaii rather than junkets to Syria for international issues that support her agendas. Other than her own biased web reviews, there is nothing significant that she has done to help resolve the great problems here in this State (Cost of living, Housing, choke neck traffic, Ineffective Federal and State govt. agencies, Sub-par public education etc.). All the ooh’s and ahh’s are misplaced…she is an eye catching, headline grabbing, maverick but IMO a sub-par Representative.

  • Go find the helo that dropped the barrell bomb on D’s position. Syrians only killing civilians and everone but isil that day. After they finushed bombing the bastards xame out od no where. What a waste. But good for Gabbard hope she gets back safely.

  • so, gabbard can’t trust the daily intel briefs obama receives from the vaunted u.s. intel communities and determined the state department information on syria, gathered under clinton and kerry’s watch, is faulty and unreliable?

    gabbard’s immediate departure to the syria war zone, at significant risk to her life, demonstrates her belief that current u.s. intel and information in the mideast, syria in particular, is massively untrustworthy and unreliable.

    gabbard is seeking accurate intel and information needed now to rectify obama’s failures in syria.

    she considers this dangerous intel gathering mission so important that she is willing to miss one of the most important days of the three branches of government, the installation of a new president.

    • That is funny. Actually she is shopping. Next trip to Thailand for cheap plastic surgery. This girl is ambitious. Unwise to be gone friday. Our state may get some payback. Rail? Defundind? Please?

  • This Tulsi Gabbard way of saying, I am boycotting President Donald Trump inauguration. You can her name to the sour grapes Democrats list of House of rep not attending.
    Sure she is on a fact finding mission to Syria… A bunch of balony Tulsi!! Why now? Why not attend the inauguration.

  • Food Truck free parking Tulsi……..sorry people, but that’s all she really can hang her hat on for all of her time in political office. The truth hurts sometimes but after all the hoopla that’s all there really is. Nothing but air.