Hawaii Democratic Rep. Tulsi Gabbard is one of the first Democrats to meet with President-elect Donald Trump.
According to CNN, a source said Gabbard was meeting with Trump and his transition team Monday for a possible top job in the new administration.
Here’s more information on Gabbard and her political background:
1. Gabbard Is Being Considered for Jobs at the Defense Department, State Department & the United Nations
According to CNN’s report, Gabbard is being considered for jobs at the Defense Department, State Department and the United Nations, the source said.
Steve Bannon, Trump’s newly appointed chief strategist, reportedly likes Gabbard because of her stance on guns, refugees and Islamic extremism.
The 35-year-old representative has criticized President Barack Obama for not saying “radical Islam” and suggested that he had been weak on Syria, according to the Washington Post.
Gabbard has declined to co-sponsor gun control legislation, including H.R.4269— the Assault Weapons Ban of 2015 — which is co-sponsored by 125 of Gabbard’s fellow Democrats.
She was one of 47 Democrats who voted in favor of a Republican-sponsored bill that requires refugees from Iraq and Syria to receive background checks from the FBI.
2. Gabbard Stepped Down as Vice Chair of the Democratic National Committee
Gabbard stepped down from her post as a vice chairwoman of the Democratic National Committee in the primaries to support Vermont Sen. Bernie Sanders.
Gabbard, who disagreed with Hillary Clinton’s foreign policy stance, said she endorsed Sanders mainly because of his more prudent approach to military involvement broad.
“As a veteran of two Middle East deployments, I know firsthand the cost of war,” Gabbard said in a video for the Sanders campaign. “I know how important it is that our commander in chief has the sound judgment required … to know when to use America’s military power and when not to use that power.”
She announced she would vote for Clinton days after the DNC ended.
3. She Served in the Military
Gabbard was elected to the Hawaii legislature at age 21, but stepped down from office while she served two tours of duty in Iraq.
In April 2003, Gabbard enlisted in the Hawaii Army National Guard, and continues to serve as a Major.
Tulsi’s 2005 deployment was a 12-month tour at Logistical Support Area Anaconda in Iraq, where she served in a field medical unit as a specialist with a 29th Support Battalion medical company. She was awarded the Meritorious Service Medal at the end of this tour.
In between her two tours, Tulsi served in the U.S. Senate as a legislative aide to Democratic Senator Daniel Akaka.
In 2009 she again voluntarily deployed with her unit to the Middle East. During this second deployment, she led her platoon on a wide variety of security missions, and also conducted non-military host-nation visits and served as a primary trainer for the Kuwait National Guard.
4. Gabbard Is Not the First Democrat to Meet With Trump
Gabbard is reportedly not the only Democrat Trump is considering for his administration. Last week, Trump met with well-known education activist Michelle Rhee, who is being considered for education secretary.
If Trump picks Gabbard or Rhee for his administration, it would go against his previous comments. In October, Trump said that Democrats would not serve in his Cabinet.
5. Gabbard Is a Noted Opponent of the Trans-Pacific Partnership Trade Deal
Gabbard has opposed the Trans-Pacific Partnership Trade Deal, and has led protests against it.
Trump also strongly opposes TPP.
Gabbard has argued that it will largely benefit multinational corporations at the expense of American workers.
“The TPP agreement will benefit Wall Street banks and multinational corporations on the backs of hard-working Americans, and it will increase existing threats to our environment,” she said to Big Island Now in 2015. “If it contains the same noxious provisions we suspected it would, I will do all I can to defeat the TPP when it comes before Congress for a final up-or-down vote.”
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