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Tulsi Gabbard — a Bright Light in a Dark Party — Urges Trump to Avoid Neocons During Meeting

Tulsi Gabbard: Trump should avoid ‘the drumbeats of war that neocons have been beating‘”

By Sarah Westwood | 21 November 2016

WASHINGTON EXAMINER — Democratic Rep. Tulsi Gabbard says she and President-elect Trump discussed Syria and the fight against the Islamic State in her meeting with Trump on Monday, during which she implored him to avoid escalating the Syrian conflict.

“I felt it important to take the opportunity to meet with the President-elect now before the drumbeats of war that neocons have been beating drag us into an escalation of the war to overthrow the Syrian government — a war which has already cost hundreds of thousands of lives and forced millions of refugees to flee their homes in search of safety for themselves and their families,” Gabbard said in a statement following her meeting with the president-elect.

“While the rules of political expediency would say I should have refused to meet with President-elect Trump, I never have and never will play politics with American and Syrian lives,” Gabbard said.

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