Tlaib on meeting Obama: He looked straight at me and said 'I'm proud of you'

Rep. Rashida TlaibRashida Harbi TlaibHillicon Valley: Progressives oppose funding bill over surveillance authority | Senators call for 5G security coordinator | Facebook gets questions over location tracking | Louisiana hit by ransomware attack Progressives oppose spending stopgap measure over surveillance authority extension Ayanna Pressley introduces extensive criminal justice reform resolution MORE (D-Mich.), one of a group of outspoken progressives in the House Democratic freshman class, shared a photo of her first meeting with President Obama, saying Thursday the former commander in chief offered some words of praise.

Obama "met with us new members of Congress and we had a thoughtful discussion about serving our country,” Tlaib wrote on Twitter Thursday.

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Obama met with the new Democrats in Congress on Monday during a private event in Washington and reportedly issued a warning about keeping perspective. 

“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 attendee told The Washington Post.

Tlaib has faced repeated criticism, including from her first day in office when she made an “impeach the motherf---er” comment about President TrumpDonald John TrumpDem senator says Zelensky was 'feeling the pressure' to probe Bidens 2020 Dems slam Trump decision on West Bank settlements Trump calls latest impeachment hearings 'a great day for Republicans' MORE hours after she was sworn in.

Tlaib and her fellow freshman Democrats have already challenged party leadership on issues such as health care, policy toward Israel and other hot-button topics.

Tlaib is one of a few Democratic lawmakers who has openly criticized the Israeli government's treatment of Palestinians in the West Bank and the Gaza Strip, and she's defended fellow freshman Rep. Ilhan OmarIlhan OmarHillicon Valley: Progressives oppose funding bill over surveillance authority | Senators call for 5G security coordinator | Facebook gets questions over location tracking | Louisiana hit by ransomware attack Progressives oppose spending stopgap measure over surveillance authority extension Omar asks court to apply 'system of compassion' in sentencing man convicted of threatening her MORE (D-Minn.) in the wake of accusations of anti-Semitism.

Conservative talk-radio host Mark Levin bashed the photo of her with Obama on Friday: