What exactly is a member of the House Armed Services and Foreign Affairs committees doing in Syria? According to Politico, none of Rep. Tulsi Gabbard’s House colleagues on either side of the aisle seem to know. Nor do they know who’s funding the trip, except to declare that Gabbard isn’t using taxpayer funds for her travel:
Rep. Tulsi Gabbard’s office won’t say who is paying for the Hawaii Democrat’s controversial trip to Syria and Lebanon this week.
Gabbard spokeswoman Emily Latimer said the trip wasn’t funded using taxpayer dollars and was approved by the House Ethics Committee but wouldn’t provide further information when pressed by POLITICO. The lawmaker is currently on the trip, though it’s not clear exactly when she’ll be returning. …
Congressional leaders were blindsided by Gabbard’s trip to war-ravaged Syria with staffers saying she didn’t give the customary advanced warning to Democratic or Republican leadership offices.