2020 Democratic presidential candidate Rep. Tulsi Gabbard (D-HI) said the attack on Saudi Arabia oil tankers allegedly by Iran did not just come out of nowhere. Gabbard called it a “retaliation” by Iran for the “crippling sanctions” that make it difficult to sell their own oil.
“I think we’ve got to look at this situation for what it is,” Gabbard began. “This provocation, as you put it, did not just come from out of nowhere. It is a retaliation. And it’s a retaliation against the extreme sanctions that are on Iran, that’s basically making it impossible for them to sell their oil around the world.”