A former military man, criticized for a meeting with Syrian leader Bashar al-Assad in the midst of a civil war, Hawaiian Democrat MP Tulsi Gabbard announced on Friday (at only 37) that he was embarking on the presidential race. 2020.
A very young entry into local politics in Hawaii, where she loves surfing, Tulsi Gabbard was the first American of Samoan origin and the first Hindu confrere to enter the House of Representatives, where she has been present since 2013.
Had she been elected to the White House, she would have become the youngest president in the United States.
"I have decided to start and I will make a formal announcement next week," he told CNN on Friday evening with a big smile.
"There were many reasons for me to make this decision," he continued before listing the health system, judicial reform and the fight against climate change. With a "main question, that of war and peace".
In January 2017, Tulsi Gabbard went to Damascus and Aleppo, Syria, because, he explained, an observation mission to help find a way out of the bloody conflict.
He met the leader Bashar Al-Assad during a highly criticized visit to the United States. "At the beginning I was not going to meet Assad, but when it was proposed to me, I felt it was important to do it", he had justified at the time.
Elected at the age of 21 in the Hawaii Assembly in 2002, she enlisted in the Hawaii National Guard and left her parliamentary duties as a volunteer for a one-year deployment in Iraq in 2005..
In 2009, we again volunteered to return to the Middle East. Tulsi Gabbard is still a Reservist for the National Guard.
The candidates are very numerous from the democratic point of view to try to remove Donald Trump from the White House in 2020. But few have yet formalized their ambitions.
The progressive Elizabeth Warren was the first significant figure to take a big step towards December 31, announcing that she was launching a support committee to raise funds and measure her chances.