Former Bernie Sanders supporter Tulsi Gabbard is mapping a path for other Democrats who want influence in the Trump administration. The 35-year-old Representative from Hawaii met with President-elect Trump this week, reportedly as a prelude to being considered for a Cabinet position. Gabbard's swing from Sanders to Trump is seen as ideologically large, but even Sanders has vowed to work with Trump where the two have common interests.
Sanders and Gabbard will likely have a hard time reconciling with Trump's promise to cut taxes drastically for the richest Americans:
Here’s the truth: we need a country where the ultra rich can’t game our political and economic systems for their own benefit.
— Tulsi Gabbard (@TulsiGabbard) November 18, 2016
But on foreign policy and security issues the two sides have plenty of common ground. Gabbard, like Trump (and like late-stage Hillary Clinton) is against the TPP, which Trump promises to kill on day one. They also find common ground when it comes to terrorism. Gabbard said the focus of her meeting with Trump was "our current policies regarding Syria, our fight against terrorist groups like al-Qaeda and ISIS, as well as other foreign policy challenges we face."
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And I will never allow partisanship to undermine our national security when the lives of millions of people lay in the balance.
— Tulsi Gabbard (@TulsiGabbard) November 22, 2016