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By Adam Edelman
Rep. Tulsi Gabbard on Wednesday slammed President Donald Trump as “Saudi Arabia’s bitch” in the latest scathing criticism of the commander-in-chief’s extraordinary statement this week to stand by the country’s rulers despite the murder of journalist Jamal Khashoggi.
The Hawaii Democratic congresswoman made the remarks in a brief and blistering tweet Wednesday afternoon.
“Hey @realdonaldtrump: being Saudi Arabia’s bitch is not ‘America First,'” wrote Gabbard, a 37-year-old Iraq War veteran who at various points has been considered a rising star in her party.
“It could very well be that the Crown Prince had knowledge of this tragic event — maybe he did and maybe he didn’t!” Trump said in the statement, which featured a subheading that read “America First!” In the statement, he also outlined how the U.S. needed Saudi support to help fight terrorism internationally and to help keep oil prices low.
On Wednesday morning, he followed the statement with a tweet about oil, saying that it was “Great!” that “prices getting lower”
Oil prices getting lower. Great! Like a big Tax Cut for America and the World. Enjoy! $54, was just $82. Thank you to Saudi Arabia, but let’s go lower!
Sen. Rand Paul, R-Ky., on Tuesday tweeted, “I’m pretty sure this statement is Saudi Arabia First, not America First.”
Senate Foreign Relations Committee Chairman Bob Corker, R-Tenn., tweeted Tuesday night, “I never thought I’d see the day a White House would moonlight as a public relations firm for the Crown Prince of Saudi Arabia.”
Adam Edelman is a political reporter for NBC News.