Tulsi Gabbard is a former congresswoman and a Democratic presidential contender. She have responded to criticism after being blamed of crediting Russian claims that the United States funded biological weapons laboratories in Ukraine.
Gabbard provided evidence that the United States sponsors bio laboratories in Ukraine rather than biological weapons facilities. Russian propaganda media have been related to claims that the US sponsors Ukrainian laboratories building deadly chemical weapons.
Russian government leaders frequently repeat the unfounded charges. The US has denied allegations that it is working on bioweapons in Ukraine but has stated that it has been collaborating with Ukraine on lethal pathogen research since 2005 as part of the Pentagon’s Biological Threat Reduction Program (BTRP).
Gabbard responded to Republican Senator Mitt Romney’s Sunday remark that her statements calling for the shutdown of all US-funded labs were “treasonous lies” that might “cost lives” in a Monday morning tweet. In a sequel of posts, Gabbard wrote that Romney should verify there exist no US-funded Biolabs in Ukraine.
She also advised him to “apologize and resign from the Senate” if he could not do so.
“So, Senator Romney, you have a choice: continue to deny the facts out of pride, or admit you’re wrong, apologize, and quit,” Gabbard said. “Aloha. And keep in mind that we can’t be safe or free without the truth.”
In an interview that provoked criticism, Gabbard did not blame the US of supporting bioweapons laboratories in Ukraine. She stated that “if” such labs existed, they would infringe the Biological Weapons Convention.
She criticized US assistance for bio labs investigating viruses in Ukraine and elsewhere in the world in the Fox News interview and Twitter, saying they should be shut down.
Gabbard’s critics claimed that her remarks backed up Russian assertions of US assistance for bioweapons development in Ukraine, which was one of Moscow’s justifications for the invasion.