Gabbard: CNN's Zakaria 'trying to goad Trump into going to war' with Russia

Rep. Tulsi GabbardTulsi GabbardPoll: Biden leads Democratic field by 6 points, Warren in second place The Hill's 12:30 Report: Anticipation high ahead of first debate Where 2020 Democrats stand in betting markets ahead of first debate MORE (D-Hawaii), a 2020 presidential candidate, is accusing CNN's Fareed Zakaria of trying to "goad" President TrumpDonald John Trump2020 Democrats spar over socialism ahead of first debate Senate passes .5 billion border bill, setting up fight with House 'Teflon Don' avoids the scorn of the 'family values' GOP — again MORE "into going to war" with Russia.

"TV talking heads love trying to goad Trump into going to war w/ Russia. Here’s just one example: Fareed Zakaria is trying to get Trump to prove he's not guilty of appeasement by going to war with Russia over Venezuela," Gabbard wrote Wednesday in an Instagram post.


Gabbard shared a video of Zakaria saying a "real puzzle remains" while asking why Trump has not been willing to "confront" Russian President Vladimir Putin.

“Why has Trump been unwilling to confront Putin in any way on any issue? And will Venezuela finally be the moment when Trump ends his appeasement?" Zakaria asks in the clip.

Russia and the Trump administration are at odds in Venezuela, where Russia has backed embattled President Nicolás Maduro. Russia has also introduced a military presence in Venezuela, inflaming tensions when it sent about 100 troops to the country last month.

The U.S., meanwhile, is among a number of Western countries that have recognized Venezuela opposition leader Juan Guaidó as the country's legitimate leader.

Trump last week warned Russia against keeping its military personnel in Venezuela.

"Russia has to get out," Trump told reporters in the Oval Office while meeting with Fabiana Rosales,  Guaidó's wife.