A former military man, criticized for meeting with Syrian leader Bashar al-Assad in the midst of a civil war, Hawaiian Democrat Congressman Tulsi Gabbard announced Friday, only at 37, that she was embarking on the presidential run of 2020.
First Hindu elected to the House of Representatives. A very young entry into local politics in Hawaii, where she loves to surf, Tulsi Gabbard was the first American of Samoan descent and the first Hindu-speaking parliamentarian to join the House of Representatives, where she has been sitting since 2013. If she were elected to the White House, she would become the youngest president in the United States. "I decided to start and I'll make a formal announcement next week," she said on CNN Friday night with a big smile. "There were a lot of reasons for me to make that decision," she continued before listing the health system, reform of the justice system and the fight against climate change. With a main question, that of war and peace.
In January 2017, Tulsi Gabbard went to Damascus and Aleppo, Syria, for, she explained, an observation mission to help find a way out of the bloody conflict. She met the leader Bashar Al-Assad during a much-criticized visit to the United States. "I did not initially intend to meet Assad but when it was proposed to me, I felt that it was important to do it," she was justified at the time.
Volunteer in Iraq in 2005. Elected 21 years ago at the Assembly of Hawaii, in 2002, she then enlisted in the National Guard of Hawaii and left her parliamentary duties to volunteer during a one-year deployment in Iraq, in 2005 . In 2009, she volunteered again to return to the Middle East. Tulsi Gabbard is still a reservist for the National Guard.
The candidates announce themselves very numerous on the democratic side to try to dislodge Donald Trump of the White House in 2020. But few have yet formalized their ambitions. Progressive Elizabeth Warren was the first major figure to take a big step in that direction on December 31, announcing that she was launching a support committee to raise funds and measure her chances.