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Gabbard draws ire of top Democrats over Syria skepticism

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HONOLULU (HawaiiNewsNow) -

U.S. Rep. Tulsi Gabbard is getting heat from top Democrats for expressing skepticism over whether Syria was behind a recent chemical attack that killed scores and spurred the United States to launch a missile attack on Syrian military targets.

Howard Dean, Democratic National Committee chairman, said Gabbard's comments were "a disgrace."

"Gabbard should not be in Congress," Dean said, on Twitter. In subsequent interviews, Dean called on Gabbard to resign.

Gabbard also drew the ire of Center for American Progress President Neera Tanden, who called on Hawaii residents to vote the Congresswoman out of office.

"People of Hawaii's 2nd district -- was it not enough for you that your rep met with murderous dictator?" Tanden said, on Twitter.

The outrage came after Gabbard, who had previously become one of few Americans to meet with Syrian President Bashar al Assad, said the U.S. can't assume that Syria was behind a chemical attack that killed civilians in northern Syria.

"I remind you about what happened before we launched the invasion and occupation of Iraq," Gabbard said, in an interview on CNN.

"So yes, I'm skeptical because we have to take at a premium the cost of these wars not only on the Syrian people and the people in the middle east, but the cost of these wars here."

Gabbard isn't alone in her opposition to the Trump administration's decision to launch a military strike in Syria. Other members of Hawaii's Congressional delegation have also urged caution.

But the Congresswoman has taken her opposition further, saying that Americans shouldn't be so sure that Syria was behind the attack.

On Monday, she reiterated that skepticism -- and sought to defend herself. 

"Those who've declared Trump a habitual liar now vilify those refusing to blindly follow him into another regime change war. Hypocrisy," she said, on Twitter. 

The controversy comes as Gabbard prepares to hold town hall meetings statewide this week. 

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