Gabbard: CNN's Zakaria 'trying to goad Trump into going to war' with Russia

Rep. Tulsi GabbardTulsi GabbardGabbard drops defamation lawsuit against Clinton It’s as if a Trump operative infiltrated the Democratic primary process 125 lawmakers urge Trump administration to support National Guard troops amid pandemic MORE (D-Hawaii), a 2020 presidential candidate, is accusing CNN’s Fareed Zakaria of trying to “goad” President TrumpDonald John TrumpSenate advances public lands bill in late-night vote Warren, Democrats urge Trump to back down from veto threat over changing Confederate-named bases Esper orders ‘After Action Review’ of National Guard’s role in protests MORE “into going to war” with Russia.

“TV talking heads love trying to goad Trump into going to war w/ Russia. Here’s just one example: Fareed Zakaria is trying to get Trump to prove he’s not guilty of appeasement by going to war with Russia over Venezuela,” Gabbard wrote Wednesday in an Instagram post.

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Gabbard shared a video of Zakaria saying a “real puzzle remains” while asking why Trump has not been willing to “confront” Russian President Vladimir Putin.

“Why has Trump been unwilling to confront Putin in any way on any issue? And will Venezuela finally be the moment when Trump ends his appeasement?” Zakaria asks in the clip.

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Russia and the Trump administration are at odds in Venezuela, where Russia has backed embattled President Nicolás Maduro. Russia has also introduced a military presence in Venezuela, inflaming tensions when it sent about 100 troops to the country last month.

The U.S., meanwhile, is among a number of Western countries that have recognized Venezuela opposition leader Juan Guaidó as the country’s legitimate leader.

Trump last week warned Russia against keeping its military personnel in Venezuela.

“Russia has to get out,” Trump told reporters in the Oval Office while meeting with Fabiana Rosales,  Guaidó’s wife.

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