Congresswoman Tulsi Gabbard criticized President Donald Trump's decision to launch strikes against Syria, saying they will lead to the "strengthening of al-Qaida and other terrorists," she said in a statement.
"It angers and saddens me that President Trump has taken the advice of war hawks and escalated our illegal regime change war to overthrow the Syrian government," Gabbard's statement read.
"This escalation is short-sighted and will lead to more dead civilians, more refugees, the strengthening of al-Qaida and other terrorists, and a direct confrontation between the United States and Russia — which could lead to nuclear war."
It's the second time in recent months Gabbard has warned that a president could spark nuclear war, having dished that on former President Barack Obama back in December.
The Hawaii Democrat had met with Trump after his election victory, fueling speculation she could be in line for a spot in his administration.
Gabbard also made a secret trip to Syria in January, catching flak from both sides of the aisle over who paid for the trip. She was also vague at first about whether she had met with Syrian President Bashar al-Assad, later confirming and defending that she had.
"This administration has acted recklessly without care or consideration of the dire consequences of the United States attack on Syria without waiting for the collection of evidence from the scene of the chemical poisoning," Gabbard wrote.
"If President Assad is indeed guilty of this horrible chemical attack on innocent civilians, I will be the first to call for his prosecution and execution by the International Criminal Court. However, because of our attack on Syria, this investigation may now not even be possible. And without such evidence, a successful prosecution will be much harder," Gabbard said.
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