Rep. Tulsi Gabbard (D-Hawaii) on Wednesday denounced President Donald Trump as “Saudi Arabia’s bitch” over a Tuesday statement in which the commander-in-chief ignored the U.S. intelligence community’s assessment that Washington Post journalist Jamal Khashoggi was murdered at the order of Saudi Arabia’s crown prince.
“Hey @realdonaldtrump: being Saudi Arabia’s bitch is not ‘America First,'” wrote Gabbard, a 37-year-old Iraq War veteran.
Hey @realdonaldtrump: being Saudi Arabia’s bitch is not “America First.”
— Tulsi Gabbard (@TulsiGabbard) November 21, 2018
The tweet was in apparent reference to Trump’s presidential statement Tuesday explaining why his administration would take no actions against Saudi Arabia’s rulers regarding the Khashoggi killing despite the CIA conclusion that Saudi Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman ordered the journalist’s killing.
The president’s statement started by saying, “America First! The world is a very dangerous place!” Trump said he believed the “crime against Jamal Khashoggi was a terrible one, and one that our country does not condone.”
“King Salman and Crown Prince Mohammad bin Salman vigorously deny any knowledge of the planning or execution of the murder of Mr. Khashoggi,” Trump’s statement said. “Our intelligence agencies continue to assess all information, but it could very well be that the Crown Prince had knowledge of this tragic event–maybe he did and maybe he didn’t!”
Outgoing GOP Senator Bob Corker said he never thought he’d “see the day a White House would moonlight as a public relations firm for the Crown Prince of Saudi Arabia.”
GOP Senator Rand Paul said he was “pretty sure this statement is Saudi Arabia First, not America First. I’m also pretty sure John Bolton wrote it.”
Trump-ally and Republican Senator Lindsey Graham said it was “not in our national security interests to look the other way when it comes to the brutal murder” of Khashoggi.