Washington: US President Donald Trump has slammed as "ridiculous" Democratic Party leader Tulsi Gabbard's allegation that he is "supporting" the terror group Al Qaeda.
During the second Democratic presidential debate on Wednesday, Gabbard, the first Hindu to ever run for the US presidency, accused Trump of propping up the Al Qaeda.
"This current president is continuing to betray us," she said. "We were supposed to be going after Al Qaeda. But over years now, not only have we not gone after Al Qaeda, our president is supporting Al Qaeda."
Trump on Thursday slammed the Hawaiian lawmaker Gabbard for these ridiculous allegations.
"For her (Gabbard) to make that statement is so ridiculous, frankly. And she has taken a lot of heat on it because nobody has done more against that war than I have," said the US president who is seeking his re-election in the next years polls.
Gabbard does not know what she's talking about, he said. "If you remember, a short while ago, I defeated ISIS. We have 100 per cent of the caliphate. So you're always going to have somebody around. Right now we have captured over 10,000.
We have 2,500 ISIS fighters that we want Europe to take because they were going back into Europe -- into France, into Germany, into various places,” he said.
"We have, right now, 2,500 ISIS that we captured. We've captured 100 percent of the caliphate. And we've done a big job on al Qaeda and everybody else,” Gabbard said.
Gabbard, however, defended her debate claim. She cited Trump's "support and alliance with Saudi Arabia that is both providing direct and indirect support directly to Al Qaeda," when she spoke to Shannon Bream of "Fox News @ Night" after the debate.
President Trump also said that Democratic presidential hopeful Indian- American Kamala Harris did not do well during the Democratic Party's presidential debate a day earlier, while former Vice President Joe Biden performed better than the previous ones.
"I that Kamala did not do well last night. I think Biden did okay. He came through. He came limping through, as I say about Sleepy Joe. He limped right through it.
But he got through it. He really did. I think he was okay," Trump told reporters at the White House when asked about the Wednesday night's presidential debate among 10 Democratic aspirants.
By Lalit K Jha