Steve Bannon Arranged Trump-Gabbard Meeting in 2016
Former Trump chief strategist Steve Bannon arranged a meeting with Tulsi Gabbard and the then-president-elect, according to The Hill.
Bannon had a reputation for a deep hatred of the two-party system and had long admired Gabbard, Hawaii’s Democratic congresswoman. Gabbard is an Iraq War veteran with her own independent thinking and publicly admonished the Obama administration over its plan to defeat ISIS.
“He loves Tulsi Gabbard. Loves her,” a source close with Bannon said in 2016. “Wants to work with her on everything.” The source added: “She would fit perfectly too [inside the administration]. She gets the foreign policy stuff, the Islamic terrorism stuff.”
In a statement following her meeting with Trump, Gabbard said she “felt it important to take the opportunity to meet with the President-elect now before the drumbeats of war that neocons have been beating drag us into an escalation of the war to overthrow the Syrian government,” referring to the dictatorship led by Bashar Assad.
Her conversation with Trump was reportedly “frank and positive,” while Gabbard shared with him her “grave concerns that escalating the war in Syria by implementing a so-called no fly/safe zone would be disastrous for the Syrian people, our country, and the world.”
“It would lead,” she said, “to more death and suffering, exacerbate the refugee crisis, strengthen ISIS and al-Qaeda, and bring us into a direct conflict with Russia which could result in a nuclear war.”
“Let me be clear,” Gabbard said in her statement, “I will never allow partisanship to undermine our national security when the lives of countless people lay in the balance.”