Rep. Tulsi Gabbard (D-Hawaii) became fed up with being asked about her 2017 meeting with Syrian dictator Bashar al-Assad during an interview on MSNBC on Thursday.
Gabbard was explaining what she meant when she said during Wednesday night's debate that President Donald Trump supports al Qaeda. She accused him of supporting the terrorist organization by "continuing the regime change war" in Syria, and for supporting Saudi Arabia, calling it a "huge betrayal."
MSNBC's Yasmin Vossoughian challenged Gabbard by asking her if her meeting with Assad was could be criticized in the same way she is criticizing Trump.
"Congresswoman, do you not believe that the same could be said for your meeting with Bashar al-Assad?" Vossoughian asked.
"I don't know how you could equate that," Gabbard replied.
"That you would be meeting with the leader of Syria who could feasibly be responsible for the killings of more than half a million people, who ordered the chemical attacks on children in his own country?" Vossoughian pressed.
"I will never apologize for doing all that I can to prevent more of my brothers and sisters in uniform from being sent into harm's way to fight another regime change war ... so if that means meeting with a dictator, meeting with an adversary, in order to accomplish that mission of keeping the American people safe, making sure our troops are not continuing to be sent on these wasteful wars, putting their lives at risk, and making sure we've got the resources for the American people, I'll do what is necessary," Gabbard said.
After that, Vossoughian said Gabbard was being inconsistent for criticizing Trump's alliance with Saudi Arabia while defending her meeting with Assad. At this point, Gabbard became frustrated with the line of questioning, as well as the fact that she has been asked about the Assad meeting numerous times on MSNBC.
"You're talking about a meeting that took place, what, three years ago? And every time I come back here on MSNBC, you guys are asking me about these issues," Gabbard said. "It sounds like these are talking points that Kamala Harris and her campaign are feeding you."
"This is where the propaganda comes in," Gabbard said. "Because I've talked about this a lot over the last three years."
Here's the full interview. The tense portion described above begins around 7:25: