She also met with Syrian President Bashar al-Assad, whom Democrats believe should be deposed amid a almost eight-year civil war.
Gabbard sparked controversy in 2017 when she visited Assad, a move that was broadly criticized by politicians on both sides of the aisle.
She is one of the first two female combat veterans to ever serve in the U.S. Congress, and also its first Hindu member.
With all that's been going on in the White House over the past couple of years, the 2020 election campaign is set to be one of the most historic presidential campaigns ever.
"I ask you to join me, join me in putting this spirit, this spirit of service above self at the forefront and to stand up against the forces of greed and corruption".
Gabbard's campaign on Friday confirmed the departure but said Batrice would remain an adviser to Gabbard. If the simple understanding is that the Russian government, which worked to elect Trump in 2016, would like him to win in 2020, Russia will likely seize on any candidate that can help put a wrench in the primary process.
Tulsi Gabbard Officially Kicks Off 2020 Campaign
Gabbard recently announced her campaign for the Democratic presidential nomination in 2020, and she has pledged to draw down USA military efforts overseas. She opposes removing Assad from power. Last month, Gabbard apologized for past derogatory statements about the LGBTQ community.
Gabbard, who met with Assad during a 2017 "fact-finding" mission in Syria told MSNBC's Morning Joe Wednesday he is not an enemy of the us, despite the ruthless leader having used chemical weapons against opposition forces inside his own country.
Nominating contests begin in February 2020, for the Democratic candidates seeking delegates who will select a nominee at the party's convention, which is scheduled from July 13-16, 2020. On Saturday, the four-term Democratic Representative launched her campaign from her home state Hawaii's best-known beach in Honolulu, Waikiki, which would give her a chance to reset her bid, which has excited Hindu Americans, most of whom are of Indian descent.
The ex-KKK Grand Wizard previously endorsed Donald trump during his 2016 presidential campaign.
"There is one main issue that is central to the rest, and that is the issue of war and peace", she said.
"Assad is not the enemy of the United States, because Syria does not pose a direct threat to the United States", said Gabbard, striking an anti-interventionist tone throughout the interview. Former Democratic presidential candidate Howard Dean called Gabbard's views "a disgrace" and said she was unfit to be in Congress. There was indeed a USA policy of regime change in Syria.