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

Rep. Rashida TlaibRashida Harbi TlaibOmar says she hopes Netanyahu not reelected Bill Maher, Michael Moore spar over Democrats' strategy for 2020 Young insurgents aren't rushing to Kennedy's side in Markey fight 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 TrumpMarine unit in Florida reportedly pushing to hold annual ball at Trump property Giuliani clashes with CNN's Cuomo, calls him a 'sellout' and the 'enemy' Giuliani says 'of course' he asked Ukraine to look into Biden seconds after denying it 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: Zuckerberg to meet with lawmakers | Big tech defends efforts against online extremism | Trump attends secretive Silicon Valley fundraiser | Omar urges Twitter to take action against Trump tweet Omar asks Twitter what it's doing in response to Trump spreading 'lies that put my life at risk' Trump seeks to expand electoral map with New Mexico rally 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: