Sen. Kirsten Gillibrand, D-N.Y., said Thursday she would back other political candidates who support abortion rights, following up on her presidential campaign pledge this month to nominate federal judges who commit to upholding the U.S. Supreme Court\u2019s Roe v. Wade decision.\n\u201cI will support candidates that are pro-choice,\u201d Gillibrand told the PBS NewsHour\u2019s managing editor and anchor Judy Woodruff. \n\u201cI don\u2019t have a lot of tolerance for Democratic candidates that don\u2019t share those basic values,\u201d Gillibrand added.\u201cI think, as a party, we need to value women. We need to stand up for women. And I don\u2019t think we should be supporting candidates that don\u2019t.\u201d\nGillibrand, who is one of 23 major candidates seeking the Democratic Party\u2019s presidential nomination in 2020, has used some of her most recent campaign appearances to rally against restrictive abortion bills passed by state lawmakers in Alabama, Georgia and other states.\nGillibrand also defended her leading role in calling for the resignation of then-Sen. Al Franken in 2017. Some high-profile Democratic donors have reportedly criticized Gillibrand for calling swiftly for Franken to resign after several women accused him groping or forcibly kissing them. But in the NewsHour interview Gillibrand said those criticisms are misplaced. \u201cIf our party is going to punish women who stand up for other women,\u201d Gillibrand said, \u201cthen we\u2019re absolutely going in the wrong direction.\u201d \nHere are some other highlights from the interview:\n\nGillibrand sharply criticized President Donald Trump\u2019s handling of trade policy involving China. \u201cHe is not interested in having fair trade in this country,\u201d Gillibrand said. \u201cHe\u2019s just interested in fighting. And that fighting is undermining our ability to sell our goods and services worldwide.\u201d\nThe New York Democrat did not rule out using tariffs as part of her own trade policy. As president, \u201cI would make sure that we do have appropriate tariffs, where necessary, to rebalance the balance of trade,\u201d she said.