Gabbard says being Saudi Arabia's 'bitch' is not 'America First'

Rep. Tulsi GabbardTulsi GabbardSouth Bend Mayor Pete Buttigieg launches presidential exploratory committee Kamala Harris faces Democrats’ Rocky Mountain divide The Memo: Diverse Democratic field lines up for 2020 MORE (D-Hawaii) took aim at President TrumpDonald John TrumpTrump: I will deliver State of the Union 'when the shutdown is over' Former NYPD commander claims Trump got special treatment for gun licenses Colbert starts petition for Cardi B to give State of the Union rebuttal MORE on Wednesday over his comments regarding the killing of Jamal Khashoggi, a Washington Post journalist who disappeared after entering the Saudi Arabian consulate in Turkey.

Gabbard wrote on Twitter that "being Saudi Arabia's bitch" did not align with the president's campaign theme of "America First," a day after Trump indicated that Saudi Arabia would not face severe consequences over Khashoggi's death.

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Her comments came after Trump, as well as Secretary of State Mike PompeoMichael (Mike) Richard PompeoPompeo says Venezuela's Maduro can't 'break diplomatic relations' with US The Hill's Morning Report - Shutdown drama shifts to Senate Trump has one final chance with American partners of first resort MORE, indicated that the U.S. would not sanction Saudi Arabia or otherwise punish the country over Khashoggi's death. Their stance drew criticism from both sides of the aisle Tuesday as politicians in both parties accused the White House looking the other way when it came to the Saudi government's alleged crimes.

Gabbard's comment drew its own criticism from some on social media, including "The View" co-host Meghan McCain, who noted that Gabbard's meeting with Syrian dictator Bashar Assad threw her remarks into doubt.

"Big words coming from a woman who pals around with Bashar al-Assad as he chemically gasses women and children..." McCain wrote.

Gabbard faced criticism from many including members of her own party for meeting with Assad in January 2017, months before the Syrian government would be accused of a chemical weapons attack against its own people.

Despite the criticism, Gabbard easily won reelection in Hawaii earlier this month with more than 70 percent of the vote in her district.