Hawaii Democratic Rep. Tulsi Gabbard announces 2020 presidential run

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Ever since her 2017 visit to Syria, Gabbard has been condemned for daring to seek firsthand accounts rather than blindly trusting the MSM narrative, so on Friday the pundits were again off to the races, with fresh accusations of Assad-sympathizing.

"I have made a decision to run and will be making a formal announcement within the next week", Gabbard told CNN host Van Jones in an interview schduled to air on Saturday.

An article in The Intercept last week led to a debate after it described Gabbard as "a polarising figure" whose "progressive domestic politics are at odds with her support for authoritarians overseas, including [Prime Minister Narendra] Modi, [Egyptian President Abdel Fattah] Sisi, and Syria's Bashar al-Assad".

She said she met with him to show that US can "truly care about the Syrian people" with the hope of achieving peace.

"There are many reasons I'm offering to serve you as President - to ensure every American gets the healthcare they need, to bring about comprehensive immigration reform, to make sure we have clean water and clean air for generations to come, to fix our broken criminal justice system, to end the corrupt influence of special interests in Washington, and so much more".

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US Senator Elizabeth Warren of MA on December 31 announced she had formed an exploratory committee for a White House run in what is expected to be a crowded Democratic primary field before the November 2020 presidential election. She quit the DNC in early 2016 to endorse Sen.

She accused the party leadership of being partial to former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton and against Sanders and resigned as a vice president of the party. She would also be the first non-Christian and first Hindu to occupy the top post.

A number of other potential Democratic candidates, including heavyweights like former Vice President Joe Biden and Vermont Sen.

Gabbard is joining what is expected to be a crowded Democratic field. Sen.

Gabbard's spat with Hirono is just the latest incidence of her alienation from establishment Democrats.

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But asked whether Gabbard's rebuke would affect their relationship, Hirono told Hawaii News Now she "works well" with "Republicans" and said she would "certainly" welcome opportunities to work with Gabbard.

Gabbard also met with Donald Trump after the election in November 2016 to discuss Syria and terrorism policy.

She had a run-in with Harris this week, accusing her of religious bigotry for her opposition to a nominee for federal judgeship because he belonged to a Catholic organisation called the Knights of Columbus.

"I'm thinking through how I can best be of service and I'll make my decision based on that", she said.

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