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    US Democratic Congresswoman Tulsi Gabbard is being considered by President-elect Donald Trump for a position in the future cabinet, local media reported.

    MOSCOW (Sputnik) — Gabbard, a former supporter of Democratic presidential candidate Bernie Sanders' primaries campaign who has often been at odds with the party line, is being considered by Trump's transition team for posts such as the secretary of state, the secretary of defense and the UN ambassador, the ABC News channel reported late on Monday, citing a senior official from the incoming president's team.

    The reports come after Gabbard's meeting with Trump earlier in the day. The House of Representatives member from Hawaii stated that she had discussed foreign policy issues during a meeting at the Trump Tower in New York. The issues included current US policies in war-torn Syria and anti-terrorism.

    The meeting was described highly positively by the Trump team source, with Trump viewing Gabbard as "very impressive," according to the channel.

    After the meeting, Gabbard pointed out she disagrees with Trump on many issues and would not hesitate to express disagreement, but stressed that divisiveness must end and both sides must come together.

    Gabbard served as the vice chair of the Democratic National Committee until she resigned in order to support Sanders in the primary race for the Democratic presidential nomination. She is known for staunchly opposing interventionism and being in favor of keeping the embattled Syrian President Bashar Assad in power. She has also voiced opposition to gun control and advocates for stricter refugee policies.

    The congresswoman has previously slammed current US President Barack Obama's policies on Syria as "illegal," stating that Obama's goal of removing Assad puts him in league with terrorists such as Daesh terrorist group outlawed in the United State and Russia, among other countries.


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