Rep. Tulsi Gabbard, D-Hawaii, on Tuesday blasted Sen. Kamala Harris, D-Calif., as unqualified to be president because she lacks the foreign policy credentials — and temperament — to lead America on the global stage.
In remarks on Outkick The Coverage, the former National Guard soldier who served in Iraq said she has seen firsthand what it is like to have presidents who lack foreign policy experience fall under the influence of the "foreign policy establishment" and the "military industrial complex."
"I think one of the things that I am most concerned with is Kamala Harris is not qualified to serve as commander-in-chief," she said in response to host Clay Travis' question about the age differences in the large field of Democratic presidential primary candidates.
"I can say this from a personal perspective as a soldier. She has no background or experience in foreign policy and she lacks the temperament that is necessary for a commander-in-chief.
"I've seen the cost of war firsthand. I've experienced the consequences of what happens when we have presidents, as we have from both political parties in the White House, who lack experience, who lack that foreign policy understanding, who therefore fall under the influence of the foreign policy establishment, the military-industrial complex," she continued.
"This is what's so dangerous. This is what we've seen occurring over time."
Lily Adams, a spokeswoman for the Harris campaign, blew off the comments.
"Definite hard pass on taking national security advice from Assad's cheerleader," she tweeted.
The reference was to a Daily Kos piece that criticized Gabbard for meeting with Syrian dictator Bashar al-Assad.
The Washington Free Beacon noted Gabbard has been a frequent critic of U.S. foreign policy, including a February email that warned "our freedoms and democracy are being threatened by media giants ruled by corporate interests who are in the pocket of the establishment war machine."
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