Presidential hopeful Rep. Tulsi Gabbard, D-Hawaii, is urging President Trump to end his “unholy alliance” with Saudi Arabia.
She posted a tweet on Wednesday that referred to the deadly bombing attacks in Sri Lanka on Easter Sunday.
“Trump/Pence continue to try to hide the truth from their Christian supporters--the terrorist attacks on Christians/Christian churches in Sri Lanka and elsewhere are inspired by the extremist Saudi ideology that Saudi Arabia spends billions propagating worldwide,” Gabbard said in the text of the tweet.
Trump/Pence continue to try to hide the truth from their Christian supporters--the terrorist attacks on Christians/Christian churches in Sri Lanka and elsewhere are inspired by the extremist Saudi ideology that Saudi Arabia spends billions propagating worldwide. pic.twitter.com/nMJEulHXv2— Tulsi Gabbard (@TulsiGabbard) April 24, 2019
The tweet also had a video that claimed the Saudis have been spending billions of dollars spreading an “intolerant form of Islam,” which she said inspires terrorist groups such as al Qaeda, the Islamic State, and Boko Haram.
“It’s an ideology that preaches hatred and bias toward Christians, Buddhists, Hindus, and atheists, and Muslims who are not followers of that extremist ideology,” Gabbard said. “Yet President Trump and Pence, who pose as defenders of Christians and Christianity, have embraced the Saudis, the purveyors of this anti-Christian jihad.”
Gabbard is a member of the Armed Services Committee.
Trump, who recently vetoed a bipartisan resolution that would have required the United States to withdraw from backing the Saudis involved in a civil war in Yemen, has been a staunch defender of the Saudi regime, even in the face of controversy.
For instance, Trump refused to acknowledge the U.S. intelligence community's assessment that Saudi Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman was involved in the murder of Saudi dissident and Washington Post columnist Jamal Khashoggi last year.
Gabbard concluded her video by saying people who believe “in the freedom of religion must demand that President Trump and Vice President Pence give up their unholy alliance with Saudi Arabia.”
On Tuesday, the Islamic State took responsibility for Sunday’s terrorist attack in Sri Lanka targeting Christians. The latest death toll estimate is over 350, and hundreds more people were injured.
Gabbard is one of nearly 20 people running in the 2020 Democratic primary. She is going up against other lawmakers, including Sens. Elizabeth Warren of Massachusetts, Kamala Harris of California, and Cory Booker of New Jersey, but has yet to make much headway in early polling.