Rubio: NATO ‘Not Obsolete,’ ‘As Important as It’s Been Since the End of the Cold War’

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Monday in Miami after attending a Martin Luther King Day event, while commenting on President-elect Donald Trump saying NATO is obsolete, Sen. Marco Rubio (R-FL) said NATO was “not only not obsolete I believe it’s as important as it’s been since the end of the Cold War.” Rubio said, “Well, NATO is not obsolete. It most certainly needs to be reinvigorated given the new challenges of the 21st century. But our Transatlantic alliance with our partners in Europe is not only not obsolete I believe it’s as important as it’s been since the end of the Cold War.” Follow Pam Key on Twitter @pamkeyNEN
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Rubio: Trump Should Have ‘Responded Differently’ Given What John Lewis ‘Means to Our Country’

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Monday in Miami after attending a Martin Luther King Day event, while commenting on the controversy over Rep. John Lewis (D-GA) saying of President-elect Donald Trump he didn’t “see the president-elect as a legitimate president” and Trump’s tweeted response, Sen. Marco Rubio (R-FL) said he “hoped” the Trump would have responded differently “given everything that John Lewis means to our country.” Rubio said, “I have tremendous admiration for Congressman Lewis, not only for what he has done but what he stand for, and that remains undiminished. I don’t agree with him that President-elect Trump is illegitimate. I believe it was a legitimate election and that he was elected through that electoral process. I also don’t agree with his decision not to attend the inaugural although it certainly is his right because it is not about President-elect Trump, it’s a peaceful transfer of power which is a distinguishing characteristic of our republic. That said, I also hoped the president-elect would have responded differently given everything that John Lewis means to our country. But people make their own decisions and that’s were we stand, but that’s how I feel about it.” Follow Pam Key on Twitter @pamkeyNEN
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Buchanan: McCain, Graham and Rubio’s Tillerson Opposition Motivated By ‘Hostility’ to Trump

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Wednesday on Newsmax TV’s “Newsmax Prime,” former senior adviser to Presidents Richard Nixon and Ronald Reagan Pat Buchanan said Sens. John McCain (R-AZ), Lindsey Graham (R-SC) and Marco Rubio (R-FL) are motivated by “hostility” toward President-elect Donald Trump from the 2016 Republican presidential primary to oppose the nomination of Trump’s secretary of state pick, Exxon Mobil CEO Rex Tillerson. Buchanan said “Tillerson to me represents the point of view of Trump, who wants to work out some deals with Russia just as Nixon wanted to work out deals with China. To do that you have got to have somebody who can speak to them. I think that Trump is entitled to have his secretary of state he wants and the adviser he wants.” He continued explaining that if McCain, Graham and Rubio “voted against Tillerson for secretary of state, and the Democrats went in lockstep against him, he would go down.” He added, “I think that would be a real blow to the president-elect and if it were administered by members of his own party. I think there really would be a real rift and a divide in the party and it would be John McCain, and I think Lindsey
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