- The Washington Times - Wednesday, April 17, 2019

Rep. Tulsi Gabbard, a 2020 Democratic presidential candidate, on Wednesday accused President Trump of prostituting the United States after he vetoed a congressional resolution this week calling for an end of U.S. involvement in the Saudi-led war in Yemen.

Ms. Gabbard, a former combat veteran who served in the Iraq War, said Mr. Trump is turning the nation “into the prostitute of Saudi Arabia.”

“By vetoing the war powers resolution, Trump has again proven that he is the servant of Saudi Arabia, the theocratic dictatorship that spends billions of dollars every single year spreading the most extreme and intolerant form of Islam around the world,” the Hawaii Democrat said in a video. “The very same ideology that motivated al Qaeda and other jihadists.”

In her underdog bid for the Democratic presidential nomination, Ms. Gabbard has tried to separate herself from the massive field of contenders by emphasizing foreign affairs.

The 37-year-old joined most of her fellow Democrats in the House and 16 Republicans in voting for a resolution that invoked the war powers act and directed the president to remove U.S. armed forces from the hostilities in Yemen within 30 days. The Senate passed the resolution in March.

On Tuesday, Mr. Trump vetoed the resolution.

“There are no United States military personnel in Yemen commanding, participating in, or accompanying military forces of the Saudi‑led coalition against the Houthis in hostilities in or affecting Yemen,” he said in his veto message.

• Seth McLaughlin can be reached at smclaughlin@washingtontimes.com.

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