Rep. Tulsi Gabbard to Trump: Being Saudi Arabia’s B*tch Is Not ‘America First.’

Hawaii congresswoman Tulsi Gabbard took to Twitter on Wednesday to excoriate Donald Trump for his decision to apparently pardon Saudi Arabia for the killing of journalist Jamal Khashoggi, labeling the president the “bitch” of the authoritarian kingdom. “Hey @realDonaldTrump,” Gabbard tweeted, “being Saudi Arabia’s bitch is not “America First.” Gabbard’s tweet comes just a day after Trump released a statement—with “America First!” right at the top—that heavily implied that he will not pursue any further action against top Saudi officials, who are widely believed to be responsible for the writer’s murder, and cast doubt on the finding of the CIA, his own intelligence service. Gabbard previously came under fire for her own forays into Middle Eastern affairs, including her secret 2016 trip to meet with President Bashar al-Assad of Syria at the height of its civil war and her suggestion that Assad, a brutal dictator who has overseen the deaths of more than 500,000 people in his country, should not be removed from office.