Gabbard says claim her campaign is getting boost from Putin apologists is 'fake news'

Gabbard says claim her campaign is getting boost from Putin apologists is 'fake news'
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Rep. Tulsi GabbardTulsi GabbardSteyer calls on DNC to expand polling criteria for debates Gabbard hits DNC over poll criteria for debates The Hill's Morning Report: How will Trump be received at G-7? MORE (Hawaii) on Sunday dismissed reports that her Democratic presidential campaign is being helped by defenders of Russian President Vladimir PutinVladimir Vladimirovich PutinUS and Russia arms race would be detrimental to strategic stability Five things to watch as Trump heads to G-7 summit Biden blasts Trump's 'embarrassing' actions heading into G-7 summit MORE as "fake news," but said conflict with Moscow is counterproductive.

Speaking to George StephanopoulosGeorge Robert Stephanopoulos'Good Morning America' co-host apologizes for mocking Prince George's love of ballet ABC unveils moderators for third Democratic debate Bret Baier calls out Trump for lashing out at Fox News polls: 'Fox has not changed' MORE on ABC's "This Week," Gabbard said escalating tensions with nuclear-armed nations like Russia and China "has brought us to a very dangerous point." 



Stephanopoulos asked Gabbard about a Daily Beast story listing the support her campaign has received from Russophiles. He also noted her meeting with Syrian President Bashar al-Assad, her defense of Russian military operations in Syria and her statements that Russian election interference is no worse than what America has historically undertaken.

"Is Putin a threat to national security?" he asked.

"You now it's unfortunately you're citing that article, George, because it's a whole lot of fake news. What I'm focused on is what's in the best interest of the American people? What's in the best interest of national security? Keeping American people safe," Gabbard said. "And what I'm pointing out consistently, time and time again, is our continued wasteful regime change wars have been counterproductive to the interests of the American people and the approach this administration has taken in essentially choosing conflict ... has been counterproductive to national security."