Russian State TV Panel Call Tulsi Gabbard 'Our Girlfriend'
Newsweek, March 30, 2022 (excerpts)
… Former representative and Democratic primary contender Tulsi Gabbard was described in friendly terms by those appearing on a Russian state television show discussing President Joe Biden's response to the war in Ukraine.
Vladimir Solovyov, who hosts the show Vecher (Evening) on Russia's Channel One played a clip of her on Fox News giving her view of Biden's comment on Sunday in Warsaw that Vladimir Putin "cannot stay in power."…
Solovyov told the panelists on his show that he was going to show a clip of Monday's interview with "our girlfriend Tulsi."…
After the clip ended, one of the panelists, journalist Vitaly Tretyakov, quipped amid the crosstalk "Is she some sort of Russian agent?" prompting Solovyov to joke "yes."
Video of the exchange—first shared by 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 for Hawaii has been accused of giving a pro-Russian slant to the war in Ukraine. She told Fox News last month that the conflict could have been avoided if NATO had acknowledged Russia's "legitimate security concerns" regarding Ukraine joining the alliance.
Earlier in March she was accused of lending credibility to Russian propaganda that Ukraine was housing labs funded by the U.S. military that are developing chemical or biological weapons….
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 criticisms of the U.S., NATO and Ukraine ….
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