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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Before Blaming Russia, Hillary Clinton’s Campaign Conspired to ‘Elevate’ Trump

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TEL AVIV – While Hillary Clinton’s team is currently pushing the narrative that Russia interfered in the presidential election in favor of Donald Trump, it was Clinton’s campaign team who were actually caught red-handed – with a paper trail to prove it – strategizing how to interfere in the GOP presidential primaries with the goal of ensuring that Trump was the Republican nominee. Last month, Wikileaks published an email containing a document sent to the Democratic National Committee (DNC) from Clinton’s campaign detailing a strategy to help ensure that Clinton’s opponent would be a “Pied Piper” candidate and not a so-called mainstream Republican, like Jeb Bush or Marco Rubio. The “Pied Piper” candidates, according to the Clinton campaign document, were Trump, Ted Cruz and Ben Carson. The concept, which clearly failed miserably for Clinton, was to aid in the rise of one of these candidates, believing each of them to be “unpalatable to a majority of the electorate” and the weakest candidates against Hillary Clinton. The underhanded scheme was outlined in a two-page document, dated April 7, 2015 and titled, “2016 GOP presidential candidates.” The document, intended for the DNC, was contained in an email from Marissa Astor, Clinton campaign manager Robby
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Rubio Would Not Retroactively Remove Dreamers Amnesty

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Sunday on NBC’s “Meet the Press,” Sen. Marco Rubio (R-FL) said President-elect Donald Trump should not  “retroactively remove” the amnesty of the so-called dreamers, illegal immigrants brought to the Untied States as children who are protected under the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals program known as DACA. Rubio said, “There are people who have already availed themselves with that. There is a period of time for that. I would not retroactively remove their status. I would say that, from some point forward, people will not be allowed to apply for renewal for that status. And that will give us a defined period of time to work through this, beginning with border security and modernization of the legal immigration system.” Follow Pam Key on Twitter @pamkeyNEN
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Rubio Dodges on Trusting Trump With Nuclear Codes: ‘The Voters Chose Him’

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Sunday on CNN’s “State of the Union,” Sen. Marco Rubio (R-FL) twice dodged the question on if he trusts President-elect Donald Trump with the nuclear codes instead answering the voters chose Trump. When asked if he still had reservations as he expressed during the election about President-elect Trump having the nuclear codes, Rubio said, “We had an election and ultimately the voters chose him both as our nominee and now as our president. The election is over. It comes time to govern. We’ll give him every chance to be successful. That’s what I’m focused on now. At some point elections end and governing needs to begin. We’ll have another election for congress in two years and another election for president in four. Right now my hope is that this president is given the opportunity, this president-elect is given the opportunity to be successful and that’s a long tradition in this country.” When asked again, Rubio said,”I feel comfortable voters have chosen him to be the commander-in-chief. And we are going to give him every change to be a successful one. Ultimately it will be incumbent upon him as any president who is elected t0 prove their capability in that role.
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