Donald Trump defended Tulsi Gabbard on Monday against Hillary Clinton & # 39; s claim that she is being cared for by Russia and says he does not know the Hawaii Democrat, but & # 39; she is not a Russian agent & # 39; and the charge is & # 39; sick & # 39 ;.
The president also used the question during a cabinet meeting in the White House against Clinton, his rival in the 2016 campaign.
& # 39; Hillary Clinton, I don't know if you've heard of her, she's the one who accuses everyone of being a Russian agent. Everyone who is against her is a Russian agent, & he said. & # 39; That is a scam that has almost been deposited. & # 39;
Donald Trump defended Tulsi Gabbard against Hillary Clinton & # 39; s claim that she is being cared for by Russians to play a third-party spoiler role in the 2020 election
Trump said he didn't know Tulsi Gabbard but knew she wasn't a Russian agent
Trump has curtailed claims from US intelligence agencies who found that Russian hackers had interfered in the 2016 elections in favor of his campaign.
The president defended Gabbard, who is applying for the Democratic presidential nomination for 2020.
& # 39; I don't know Tulsi, but she's not a Russian agent, & # 39; said Trump.
He did not explain how he knows this, but left furiously.
& # 39; These people are sick. There is something wrong with them & he said in what is supposed to be related to Clinton and her supporters.
He also argued that Gabbard, who is at the bottom of the polls with 1 or 2 percent of the support, would be helped by Clinton's charge.
& # 39; I think this probably helped Tulsi Gabbard, & # 39; said Trump.
For her part, Gabbard claimed that Clinton attacked her because she endorsed Bernie Sanders in the 2016 presidential election.
In a two-minute video posted on her Twitter account and viewed 2 million times since Monday afternoon, Gabbard accused a & # 39; corrupt elite & # 39; trying to & # 39; destroy my reputation & # 39; because I came up against them. & # 39;
& # 39; People warned me in 2016 that my approval from Bernie Sanders is the end of my & # 39; political career would be & # 39; she said. & # 39; They said: & # 39; Clinton will never forget that she and her rich and powerful friends, her allies in politics and in the media, will ensure that you are destroyed. & # 39; Well, countless smear-filled pieces have been against me since the first day of this campaign. & # 39;
& # 39; They tried to destroy my reputation and my lifelong service because I came up against them & # 39 ;, she added.
The Sanders campaign did not respond to DailyMail.com's request to comment.
Tulsi Gabbard claimed that Hillary Clinton is attacking her because she approved Bernie Sanders in the 2016 presidential election
Gabbard has followed Hillary Clinton since the former Secretary of State implied that she was a Russian asset
Gabbard endorsed Bernie Sanders in the 2016 presidential race – the two are campaigning together here in 2016
In her video, Gabbard then described her military service in the overseas army – including her missions in the Middle East – her time in the National Guard of the Army and her years in Congress.
And ended with a warning for viewers.
& # 39; I am not afraid to openly express my love for our country. But if they can wrongly portray me as a traitor, they can do it to anyone. And in fact that is exactly the message they want to convey to you, that if you fight Hillary and the party power brokers, if you fight the rich and powerful elite, and the war machine they will destroy and discredit your message, & # 39, she said.
& # 39; But here is the truth. They will not intimidate us. They will not silence us. We are not here just to protest against their corruption. "I am running for the President to take the Democratic Party and our country back from the corrupt elite," Gabbard said.
Clinton and Gabbard argued during the 2016 elections when Gabbard resigned her position as vice-president of the Democratic National Committee to support Sanders, who at the time challenged Clinton for the Democratic presidential nomination.
Before she resigned from her DNC position, Gabbard criticized the party and then DNC chairman Debbie Wasserman Schultz for not planning sufficient primary debates between Clinton and her challengers for the nomination.
Gabbard has slammed Clinton repeatedly since the former Secretary of State said the Russians were providing a presidential candidate to act as an external spoiler in the 2020 elections – re-electing President Donald Trump – implying that it was Gabbard.
& # 39; The reason she does this is because she eventually knows she can't control me, & # 39; Gabbard, who was on the Iowa campaign track, told Fox News on Friday night.
& # 39; I am against everything she represents and she knows that … if I am the Democratic candidate and elected president, she will not be able to control me, she will not be able to manipulate me. & # 39;
Clinton, who partially lost the 2016 elections due to Russian interference that gave Trump a boost, claimed that Moscow was doing it again.
& # 39; I don't make predictions, but I think they are watching someone who is currently in the Democratic primary and taking care of her as a third candidate, & # 39; Clinton said in an interview. & # 39; She is the favorite of the Russians. & # 39;
Clinton did not mention Gabbard by name in the interview with former Obama adviser David Plouffe for his podcast, but her accusation seemed directed against the congresswoman from Hawaii, who in the past was accused of socializing with Moscow.
& # 39; They have a lot of sites and bots and other ways to support her so far, & # 39; Clinton added.
Gabbard raged against Clinton in her response and challenged the former Secretary of State to enter the Democratic presidential primary 2020 to involve her directly.
& # 39; It is now clear that this is between you and me. Don't hide behind your proxy & # 39; s. Join the race right away, & # 39; Gabbard wrote on Twitter.
Hillary Clinton claimed that the Russians cared for a Democratic presidential candidate & # 39; as a candidate for a third spoiler
Tulsi Gabbard said in Tuesday's debate that the claim that she was a & # 39; Russian asset & # 39; was & # 39; completely despicable & # 39; used to be
Gabbard shot three tweets in succession, accusing Clinton of sitting behind a secret attempt to destroy her reputation.
& # 39; Super good! Thank you @HillaryClinton. You, the queen of the warlike, embodiment of corruption and personification of the rot that has made the Democratic Party so ill, have finally come out behind the curtain, & Gabbard wrote.
& # 39; From the day I announced my candidacy, there was a joint campaign to destroy my reputation. We wondered who was behind it and why. Now we know – it was always you, through your proxies and powerful allies in the corporate media and war machine, afraid of the threat I pose. It is now clear that this primary is between you and me. Don't hide behind your proxy & # 39; s. Join the race right away, & she added.
Cory Booker, a candidate for the Democratic presidential nomination weighed in the fight, Gabbard & # 39; s first tweet retweet with a poison from him with big eyes.
There are only five women applying for president: Gabbard, Kamala Harris, Elizabeth Warren, Amy Klobuchar and Marianne Williamson.
None of the other women have been accused of Russian ties.
In Tuesday's fourth democratic debate in Ohio, the Democrat from Hawaii said the claim that she was a & # 39; Russian asset & # 39; is & # 39; completely despicable & # 39; is.
Tulsi Gabbard denied that she is a Russian asset; Russian President Vladimir Putin was accused of interference in the 2016 elections
Tulsi Gabbard serves in the army reserves
Gabbard also defended her trip to Syria in January 2017, where she met her dictator Bashar al-Assad, who is an ally of Russian President Vladimir Putin. No photos of their meeting have been made public.
& # 39; Just two days ago, the New York Times published an article stating that I am a Russian acquisition and an Assad apologist and all these different smears, & # 39; she said during the debate.
& # 39; This morning a CNN commentator on national television said that I am an asset to Russia. & # 39;
& # 39; Absolutely despicable, & # 39; she said about the comments and then promised: & # 39; As president, I will end these wars for regime change. & # 39;
Earlier this month The New York Times & # 39; published an article titled & # 39; What exactly is Tulsi Gabbard? & # 39; and noted that her candidacy is supported by alt-right internet stars, white nationalists and Russians.
On Tuesday morning, the morning of the debate, CNN's political commentator, Bakari Sellers, said: "There is no question of Tulsi Gabbard being a puppet of the 12 for the Russian government."
Gabbard regularly deserves mention in Russian propaganda and media. She is a regular subject on RT, the news agency supported by the Kremlin.
A bid from Gabbard by a third party in 2020 can pull votes out of the Democratic candidate and lead to the re-election of Donald Trump. Former New York mayor, Mike Bloomberg, refused to make an independent bid in next year's competition to prevent him from playing a spoiler role for Democrats.
But Gabbard has claimed that she is not interested in a third-party candidacy.
She told CNN in August that she would not make a third-party bid.
& # 39; I will not do it, & # 39; she said. & # 39; No, I excluded that. & # 39;
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