Former Representative and Democratic primary candidate Tulsi Gabbard was described on friendly terms by those appearing on a Russian state TV show discussing President Joe Biden’s response to the war in Ukraine.
Vladimir Soloviev, who hosts the show Vecher (Evening) on Russia’s Channel One aired a clip of her on Fox News giving her take on Biden’s comment Sunday in Warsaw that Vladimir Putin “can’t stay in power.”
The White House backtracked on that comment, saying the United States was not calling for regime change, but that the Russian leader “cannot be allowed to wield power over his neighbors or the region.”
However, Gabbard told Fox News anchor Tucker Carlson on Monday that Biden’s words showed US intent and that the Russian program, which is a megaphone for Kremlin propaganda, played some of his interview on his Wednesday show.
Solovyov told his show’s panelists that he was going to show a clip from Monday’s interview with “our girlfriend Tulsi.”
As Gabbard’s clip spoke, the host translated comments he said she was making about Biden into Russian.
On Biden’s comment that Putin ‘can’t stay in power’, these included, ‘it wasn’t a gaffe at all’, and that Biden, ‘just said out loud what the goals and the policy objectives of his administration”.
These included ‘regime change in Russia, to oust Putin from power’ through ‘primary weapons of economic warfare’, in reference to the sanctions the United States has imposed on Russia since the start of the invasion. .
After the clip ended, one of the panelists, journalist Vitaly Tretyakov, joked amid the crosstalk “Is she some kind of Russian agent?” prompting Solovyov to joke “yes”.
Video of the exchange – first shared by a Russian media watcher and daily beast journalist, Julia Davis – had been viewed more than 360,000 times as of Thursday morning.
Gabbard, a former congresswoman from Hawaii, has given a pro-Russian slant to the war in Ukraine. She told Fox News last month that the conflict could have been avoided had NATO recognized Russia’s “legitimate security concerns” over Ukraine’s membership in the alliance.
Earlier in March, she was accused of giving credence to Russian propaganda that Ukraine was home to US military-funded labs that develop chemical or biological weapons.
The Russian Defense Ministry said Ukraine had worked on biolabs with the help of the United States in a claim that has sparked alarm in the international community over fears it will be used as a pretext for that Moscow uses biological and chemical weapons.
However, Gabbard later clarified that she did not believe there were any bioweapons labs or bioweapons in Ukraine, but expressed concern about labs researching pathogens in a war zone.
Carlson, meanwhile, has been repeatedly featured on Russian state television by Kremlin propagandists such as Solovyov, who have focused on his defenses of Russia and his criticisms of the United States, NATO and Ukraine.
Newsweek contacted Gabbard for comment.