President-elect Donald Trump met with Rep. Tulsi Gabbard (D-Hawaii) on Monday, reportedly to discuss a possible position in his cabinet, and a senior member of the transition team now says the congresswoman is “under serious consideration.”

But Rep. Gabbard is also explaining a primary reason why she wanted to meet with the President-elect.

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“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 after her meeting with Trump:

I felt it important to take the opportunity to meet with the President-elect now before the drumbeats of war that neocons have been beating drag us into an escalation of the war to overthrow the Syrian government — a war which has already cost hundreds of thousands of lives and forced millions of refugees to flee their homes in search of safety for themselves and their families.
“While the rules of political expediency would say I should have refused to meet with President-elect Trump,” Gabbard added, “I never have and never will play politics with American and Syrian lives.”

Having strong views on U.S. foreign policy is not new for Gabbard.

As Rare noted on Monday, “Gabbard made headlines during the presidential election when she stepped down as vice chairwoman of the Democratic National Committee in order to endorse and support Democratic presidential candidate Sen. Bernie Sanders (I-Vt.).”

“I think it’s most important for us, as we look at our choices as to who our next commander in chief will be, is to recognize the necessity to have a commander in chief who has foresight, who exercises good judgment,” Gabbard announced at the time.

Gabbard specifically cited Sanders’ more restrained approach to foreign policy as a contrast to that of Hillary Clinton, whom Sen. Rand Paul and Pulitzer prize winning journalist Glenn Greenwald have said is indistinguishable from neoconservatives who were dominant in George W. Bush’s administration. Sen. Paul has been outspoken against Trump choosing neoconservative favorites John Bolton or Rudy Giuliani as Secretary of State.

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Gabbard’s Monday statement after the Trump meeting read, “For years, the issue of ending interventionist, regime change warfare has been one of my top priorities. This was the major reason I ran for Congress—I saw firsthand the cost of war, and the lives lost due to the interventionist warmongering policies our country has pursued for far too long.”

“Let me be clear, I will never allow partisanship to undermine our national security when the lives of countless people lay in the balance,” Gabbard concluded.

Disclosure: I co-authored Senator Rand Paul’s 2011 book “The Tea Party Goes to Washington.”
Tulsi Gabbard told Trump to ignore the “drumbeats of war that neocons have been beating” AP Photo/Ajit Solanki
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