Senator Marco Rubio took to television this past weekend, and he shared some of his thoughts on President Trump’s summit meeting with Vladimir Putin and Trump’s clarification on the findings of the intelligence community.
On CNN’s “State of the Union,” the Florida Senator explained that, although he’s a vocal critic of Putin, he doesn’t “have a problem with the President of the United States interacting with the president of the Russian Federation. They’ve got a lot of nuclear weapons, and so we do need to interact with them. That is separate from the question of whether or not we should be clear-eyed about who Putin is.”
Rubio commented on “Face the Nation” that he was “glad [Trump] said what he said, because it left the impression that somehow we were siding with Putin versus our intelligence agencies. We can’t go back and change what happened. As I said, it was not a good moment, but it was what it was. We need to move forward from that with good public policy and part of that is, I think, standing with our intelligence community.”
He went on to reassure that “The Russians interfered in our election. Not only that, but I believe they’ll do so again in the future. I’ve been warning consistently that I believe they’ll do this again. I think they’ve learned from 2016 methods, and different tactics that I believe they’ll utilize again, whether it’s in ’18, ’20 or ’22, but they’ll do it again and they’ll be better at it.”