Why Did 'Progressive' Democrat Tulsi Gabbard Meet with Trump for a Potential Role in His Administration?

From watching the 2016 election, Rep. Tulsi Gabbard (D-HI) an early Bernie Sanders backer, appears to be one of the most progressive members of Congress. But her voting record, Fox News appearances, and friendship with Sheldon Adelson say otherwise. And then there was her meeting with President-elect Donald Trump on Monday, Nov. 21. 

"President-elect Trump asked me to meet with him about our current policies regarding Syria, our fight against terrorist groups like al-Qaeda and ISIS, as well as other foreign policy challenges we face," Gabbard said in a statement following her meeting with the President-elect at Trump Tower in New York City. 

Gabbard is under consideration for State, Defense and U.N. Ambassador, and while other Democrats have pledged to find common ground with President-elect Trump, she would be the sole Democrat directly on his team. 

“While the rules of political expediency would say I should have refused to meet with President-elect Trump, I never have and never will play politics with American and Syrian lives," Gabbard added. 

This isn't the first time Gabbard has diverged from the party. She supported a GOP bill to ban Syrian refugees, while 135 Democrats voted against it. Likewise, while 80% of Democrats co-sponsored an assault weapons ban bill the same year, Gabbard did not. 

“One of the many problems I see with Trump is I don’t know what he believes. I don’t know what he would do,” Gabbard said in a June 2016 interview with Real News Network. 

Gabbard also did not join 169 of her colleagues in denouncing Trump appointee Steve Bannon the week following Trump's win. 

She could very well be Trump's kind of Democrat, but appointing her to his cabinet would mean backtracking on yet another statement. 


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