Gabbard blasts Iran strike: 'Trump's actions are an act of war'

Rep. Tulsi GabbardTulsi Gabbard20 House Dems call on Trump to issue two-week, nationwide shelter-in-place order The Hill's Morning Report — ,000,000,000,000: GOP unveils historic US rescue effort Gillibrand endorses Biden for president MORE (D-Hawaii) ripped President TrumpDonald John TrumpSenators demand more details from Trump on intel watchdog firing Overnight Health Care: Trump steps up attack on WHO | Fauci says deaths could be lower than first projected | House panel warns federal stockpile of medical supplies depleted | Mnuchin, Schumer in talks over relief deal Trump says he'll look into small business loan program restricting casinos MORE for approving an airstrike against Iran’s top general, calling the attack "an act of war."

“Make no mistake: Trump’s actions are an act of war,” Gabbard, a presidential candidate, said in an email to supporters. “Taken without any authorization or declaration of war from Congress, seriously escalating this tit for tat conflict, pushing us deeper into an endless quagmire and dangerously undermining our national security.” 

Gabbard, an Iraq War veteran, has hinged much of her White House bid on ending America’s military involvements abroad and withdrawing troops from the Middle East.

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“We need to get out of Iraq and Syria now. That is the only way that we're going to prevent ourselves from being dragged into this quagmire, deeper and deeper into a war with Iran,” the Hawaii Democrat tweeted Friday.

Democrats have slammed Trump’s decision to launch the attack against Qassem Soleimani, with many saying he needed congressional authority to order the killing. 

The attack has also raised fears of continue escalation in Iraq. Iran's Supreme Leader Ayatollah Ali Khamenei vowed “harsh retaliation” over the strike, causing concern that Tehran could tap its militias across the world to attack American interests. 

While many Democrats have expressed similar skepticism of America’s military interventions abroad, Gabbard has struggled to gain traction in the polls, failing to qualify for the last primary debate.