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US: Donald Trump meets first Hindu lawmaker in the US Congress Tulsi Gabbard

News Agencies | First published: 22 November 2016, 8:20 IST
US: Donald Trump meets first Hindu lawmaker in the US Congress Tulsi Gabbard
US: Donald Trump meets first Hindu lawmaker in the US Congress Tulsi Gabbard

Democrat Tulsi Gabbard, the first Hindu lawmaker in the US Congress, today met president-elect Donald Trump amidst speculation that she is being considered to be made the American Ambassador to the United Nations.

Gabbard, 35, who was re-elected for her third consecutive term on November 8, was among the first politicians to meet Trump in New York. She has been a vocal critic of President Barack Obama on confronting the radical Islamic terrorism.

"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," she said hours after meeting Trump here.

Amidst speculation that she is being considered for the position of US ambassador to the UN, Gabbard - a Democrat - defended the meeting as in favour of national interest.

"Let me be clear, I will never allow partisanship to undermine our national security when the lives of countless people lay in the balance," said the Congresswoman from Hawaii.

The presidential transition team confirmed the meeting, but it did not respond to questions on her being a potential candidate for a senior position in the Trump administration.

"Wouldn't want to qualify specifically any potential administration positions, other than this is an opportunity for the president- and vice president-elect to get together with the congresswoman and receive her input on several different ideas," Jason Miller, communication director for Trump transition team told reporters during a conference call.

 
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