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 Gabbard2020 primary debate guide: Everything you need to know ahead of the first Democratic showdown Will we ever have another veteran as president? Bernie Sanders open to decriminalizing sex work MORE (Hawaii) on Sunday dismissed reports that her Democratic presidential campaign is being helped by defenders of Russian President Vladimir PutinVladimir Vladimirovich PutinTrump on addressing election interference with Putin: 'I may' Beware the Bolton path to US military strikes on Iran House Intelligence Committee to subpoena Trump associate Felix Sater MORE as "fake news," but said conflict with Moscow is counterproductive.

Speaking to George StephanopoulosGeorge Robert StephanopoulosTrump to appear on 'Meet the Press' for first time as president Trump shows off Air Force One model in Oval Office The Hill's 12:30 Report — Presented by MAPRx — Tensions flare after Iran shoots down US drone 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." 

 

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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."