Tulsi Gabbard, the first Hindu US Congresswoman and Democratic 2020 presidential candidate, said that she believed her past comments on Syrian President Bashar al-Assad have been misunderstood, declining to call him a war criminal.
"I want to correct that, because there has been some misunderstanding," the Hawaii Representative said.
"The scepticism and the questions that I raised were very specific around incidents that the Trump administration was trying to use as an excuse to launch a US military attack in Syria," she added.
When asked if she was unsure whether Assad was a war criminal now, Gabbard said: "Everything that I have said requires that we take action based on evidence. (If) the evidence is there, there should be accountability."
Gabbard cited her experience serving in Iraq as informing her approach to Syria.
"I served in a war in Iraq, a war that was launched based on lies, and a war that was launched without evidence," she said. "And so the American people were duped."
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