BEIRUT, LEBANON (9:30 P.M.) – U.S. presidential hopeful Tulsi Gabbard (Democrat from Hawaii) sat down with CNN’s Jake Tapper on Sunday to discuss her candidacy.
During the interview, Tapper asked the presidential hopeful about her meeting with Syrian President Bashar Al-Assad.
“Looking back on that meeting, do you have any regrets?” Tapper asked.
“No, I think that it is, it continues to be very important for any leader in this country to be willing to meet with others, whether they be friends or adversaries or potential adversaries if we are serious about the pursuit of peace and securing our country,” Gabbard replied.
“You know, Jake, you — you often acknowledge and bring to the forefront the cost of war and our troops and who pays the price,” she continued.
“And, as a veteran, you know I have been serving in the Army National Guard now for 15 years and continue to serve, served on two Middle East deployments. I have seen this cost of war firsthand, which is why I fight so hard for peace. And that’s the reality of the situation that we’re facing here,” Gabbard said.
“Whatever you think about President Assad, the fact is that he is the President of Syria,” she said. “In order for any peace agreement, in order for any possibility of a viable peace agreement to occur there has to be a conversation with him,” she added.