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Trump Applauds Gabbard for Voting 'Present' on Impeachment: ‘I Give Her a lot of Respect’

President Donald J. Trump is seen at his desk Friday evening, December 21, 2018, in the Oval Office with a stack of documents awaiting his signature. (Official White House Photo by Shealah Craighead)

President Donald Trump applauded Rep. Tulsi Gabbard (D-Hawaii), a Democratic presidential candidate, for voting “present” on impeachment.

Trump criticized former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton for suggesting Gabbard might be a Russian plant in the 2020 Democratic presidential field.

“Then she said Tulsi Gabbard is a weapon of Russia and they lost all credibility because we know that Tulsi Gabbard — and I give her respect. She didn’t vote the other day. I give her a lot of respect because she knew it was wrong. he took a pass,” Trump said during his speech at a Turning Point USA conference on Saturday.

“I know one thing. She is not an agent of Russia. Now what they said about me three years ago — it took me two-and-a-half years of phony, horrible hits, where they hurt a lot of people. They hurt a lot of innocent people — two and a half years,” he added, referring to the Russia probe.