Rep. Tulsi Gabbard (D-Hawaii), who is running for president in 2020, said Sunday that she does not regret meeting Syrian President Bashar al-Assad in 2017.
Gabbard told CNN's "State of the Union" that it's important "to be willing to meet with others, whether they be friends or adversaries."
"It continues to be very important for any leader in this country to be willing to meet with others, whether they be friends or adversaries or potential adversaries, if we are serious about the pursuit of peace and securing our country," she said.
Rep. @TulsiGabbard says she has no regrets about meeting with Syrian dictator Assad in 2017: “It continues to be very important for any leader in this country to be willing to meet with others, whether they be friends or adversaries...if we are serious about the pursuit of peace" pic.twitter.com/DqKKdvFO40— State of the Union (@CNNSotu) January 20, 2019
She added that the "only alternative" to meeting with dictators like Assad is "more war."
"It's why I have urged and continue to urge President TrumpDonald TrumpNorth Korea conducts potential 6th missile test in a month Kemp leading Perdue in Georgia gubernatorial primary: poll US ranked 27th least corrupt country in the world MORE to meet with people like Kim Jong-un in North Korea, because we understand what's at stake here. And the only alternative to having these kinds of conversations is more war. It's more suffering. It's more lives lost, more destruction," Gabbard said.
Gabbard, who earlier this month announced she would seek the presidency in 2020, has come under fire for the meeting with Assad, which she has described as a "fact-finding" mission.