Rubio on Russia Probe: ‘I Wouldn’t Use the Term Witch Hunt’


On Sunday’s broadcast of on CNN’s “State of the Union.” when asked about President Donald Trump’s tweet claiming the naming of a special counsel is part of “single greatest witch hunt” in American political history, Sen. Marco Rubio (R-FL) said he wouldn’t use the term “witch hunt” to describe the investigation into possible ties between President Trump’s campaign and Russia. Rubio said, “I wouldn’t use the term witch hunt.” He added, “I want to know the truth, I want to know the entire truth, I want us to put it in a report and I want to share it with you and the whole country so people can reach their own conclusion.” (h/t The Hill) Follow Pam Key on Twitter @pamkeyNEN
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Rubio: Any of the 16 Republicans Who Ran For President Would Have Nominated Gorsuch


Sunday on Miami WBFS’s “Facing South Florida,” Sen. Marco Rubio (R-FL) said any of the 16 Republicans who ran for president in 2016 would have nominated Neil Gorsuch for the Supreme court vacancy left by Antonin Scalia. Rubio said, “Getting him on the court was a great thing for President Trump. In all fairness, for all the criticisms he gets Neil Gorsuch is a person that could have been nominated by any of the 16 other Republicans that ran and probably would have been.” Follow Pam Key on Twitter @pamkeyNEN
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Buchanan on Syria: McCain, Graham, Rubio Are Not Going to Get ‘the War They Want’

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Monday on Laura Ingraham’s nationally syndicated radio show, conservative commentator Pat Buchanan discussed the possibility of the United States escalating its involvement in the Syrian civil war days after President Donald Trump launched a military strike on a Syrian airbase in responding to the Syrian government’s alleged use of chemical weapons. Buchanan noted the biggest cheerleaders of Trump’s action were Sens. John McCain (R-AZ), Lindsey Graham (R-SC) and Marco Rubio (R-FL), which he deemed to be “the war party.” However, argued that they would not “get the war they want” from Trump. “It’s McCain and Graham and Marco Rubio — the war party,” Buchanan said. “But let me say this, Laura — my view is they’re not going to get the war they want. If Donald Trump the president takes us into Syria’s civil war and he’s already made the first strike — it will consume his presidency. And the sense I get this morning and listening to some of these folks on yesterday’s show is that, ‘Don’t worry, this is just a one-off. We’re not going into Syria. The enemy is still ISIS, as indeed it is if you take a look at what happened in Egypt yesterday, 47
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Rubio: The Days of Assad Being Able to Act With Impunity ‘Are Over’

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On Thursday’s broadcast of CNN’s “AC360,” Senator Marco Rubio (R-FL) reacted to the US missile strikes against Syria by saying they showed “that the days of being able to act with impunity are over, when it comes to Bashar al-Assad, and that there is now an American president prepared to do what it takes” and “an actual degrading of the capability of the Syrian regime to carry out further chemical attacks against innocent civilians.” Rubio said, “I don’t believe this is a message. I believe this is actually a tactical action that furthers an objective, which is important. My guess is, and I think you’ll see confirmation of it shortly, Shayrat Airfield, which is where these chemical attacks were launched from with fixed-wing aircraft just a couple of days ago is going to be the target, and that is the airfield from which the chemical attacks were launched. It’s also a critical point in a part of the country where they are battling rebels…in the northern part of Syria. So, as I said, I think this is an important decisive step that was taken. It is not a message. It is an actual degrading of the capability of the Syrian regime
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