Rep. Tulsi Gabbard says Democrats should not fall into blame-game trap on the defense bill

By Taryn Tsuji-Colbert, CNN By: Kamie Cottrell, CNN Politics Producer Congresswoman Tulsi Gabbard says she’s launching a dialogue among leaders to resolve “important differences,” but that Democrats should not fall into the blame-game trap….

Rep. Tulsi Gabbard says Democrats should not fall into blame-game trap on the defense bill

By Taryn Tsuji-Colbert, CNN

By: Kamie Cottrell, CNN Politics Producer

Congresswoman Tulsi Gabbard says she’s launching a dialogue among leaders to resolve “important differences,” but that Democrats should not fall into the blame-game trap.

“The fact of the matter is I think we all recognize there are significant differences in how we approach tackling the national security threat we face and we should solve those differences by having a dialogue and working through those differences,” Gabbard said in an interview with CNN’s Gloria Borger that will air Sunday on “State of the Union.”

In particular, the Hawaii Democrat said she thinks Democrats in the House should not rush to judgment on the Defense Authorization Bill. President Donald Trump last week called the bill “the vehicle to stop President Trump from allowing the Russians to kill Americans” in Syria.

“I think there should be a high level of bipartisan support on important national security measures such as the defense authorization act and that does not mean that you have to agree with all the provisions of the defense authorization act,” she said.

“Sometimes you just need a message to the United States military in a very urgent and pressing manner that sends a clear message that we are still here to send a clear message that the United States of America will be with you as you defend and ultimately, liberate our people from the threats that come from our adversaries.”

Trump this past weekend tweeted the Democratic congressional leaders, Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi and Minority Whip Steny Hoyer, “must have voting rights” for Democrats who want to serve on the committees before participating in votes that require a quorum.

That tweet prompted an angry response from Pelosi, who called the remark “a disgrace.”

Speaking further about Trump’s debate on the defense authorization bill, Gabbard said she hoped the conversation surrounding the defense bill could be “not just an opportunity for us to have some very serious and deep policy discussions, but to also allow us as a nation to continue to affirm our role on the world stage, to encourage greater internationalism among ourselves, and to play that role of being a global leader.”

“As far as I’m concerned, we need to start laying the groundwork, laying the groundwork to assure our military continues to have the resources that they need and that the threats that we face around the world will continue to be met with military might and military strength,” she said.

In her interview, Gabbard accused Trump of creating an incoherent policy that is threatening security threats to the United States. She is also scheduled to appear on CNN’s “Real Money with Liz Claman” to discuss foreign policy on Monday.

“I do think that what is happening right now and what we’re experiencing is that the president is engaging in a very weak-the core kind of national security strategy, as far as I’m concerned,” she said.

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