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Syria, budget cuts among hot topics at Rep. Tulsi Gabbard's town hall meeting

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KAILUA, OAHU (HawaiiNewsNow) -

U.S. Representative Tulsi Gabbard faced a packed town hall meeting Saturday night in Kailua.

It was the third installment of her statewide town hall tour. 

Hundreds filled the cafetorium at Kainalu Elementary School armed with questions on issues ranging from proposed federal budget cuts to Gabbard's controversial trip to Syria.

Gabbard opened the meeting with a congressional update including GOP efforts to repeal the Affordable Care Act and proposed federal budget cuts on crucial services like the Environmental Protection agency and the Department of Education. The congresswoman also addressed the rising tensions with North Korea and Saturday's failed missile launch.

"We are continuing to press congress to ensure that Hawaii in particular, has missile defense capabilities against this threat from North Korea because it is not just a theoretical threat," Gabbard said.

One by one, attendees were given the opportunity to ask Gabbard some tough questions, one of which included her stance on legislation encouraging President Trump to turn over his tax returns.

But of all the questions presented, perhaps the most pressing on many peoples' minds was whether or not the Congresswoman supported Syrian dictator Bashar Al Assad.

"When you meet with a monster like that, you legitimize him," said one attendee.

Gabbard responded, "If we want to bring about peace and an end to conflict, we can't do so just by sitting around and meeting with our friends. We can't do so by just closing the doors and talking with people we only agree with."

During the meeting, Gabbard also addressed the recent U.S airstrike on a Syrian airbase and affirmed her position against a regime-change war.

Gabbard will head to Molokai on Monday to continue her statewide tour.

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