Obama’s advice to Tlaib: ‘Figure out how to pay for your ideas’


Rep. Rashida Tlaib, D-Mich., an outspoken freshmen Democrat who has continued to push for the impeachment of President Trump, and the first Palestinian member of Congress, fondly recalled the praise Trump’s predecessor, Barack Obama, bestowed on her when the former president met with new members of Congress last week.

Obama “met with us new members of Congress and we had a thoughtful discussion about serving our country,” Tlaib tweeted Thursday.

Tlaib posted a photo of herself with Obama, writing: “The best part was when he looked straight at me and said, ‘I’m proud of you.’

“He said we [as Democrats] shouldn’t be afraid of big, bold ideas – but also need to think in the nitty-gritty about how those big, bold ideas will work and how you pay for them,” one person familiar with Obama’s remarks told the Washington Post.

Rep. Ilhan Omar, D-Minn., has criticized the former president in recent weeks, reportedly suggesting in an interview his message of “hope and change” is a “mirage.”

Omar later claimed she was misquoted by Politico, tweeting that she is a fan of Obama. But the move immediately backfired as the recording of her interview confirmed the comments she made to the news outlet. She later deleted her tweet.


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