Senator Rubio: Trump Hasn't Blown Us Up Yet, I'd Say That Makes His Presidency A Success So Far
We used a flip headline, but Senator Marco Rubio basically just said in an interview with the Weekly Standard, written by John Mccormack, that because we haven't all been blown up in a nuclear war yet, that contributes to Trump having a successful presidency so far.
“Well, he’s had the nuclear codes for a year and a half, and we’ve been all right,” Rubio said.
Keep in mind - this is the same Florida Senator who fiercely opposed Trump during the 2016 presidential election and said that he feared Trump was too mentally unstable to have the nuclear launch codes.
He now wants us to believe the opposite simply because 'elections are competitive.' Basically: don't believe anything I said while I was jockeying for power in the Republican primaries. It's something all politicians do.
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Rubio then went on to lay out his reasoning for why, in addition to having 18 months of nuclear free war, that Trump deserves a lot of the credit.
“So, look,” he continues, “elections are a competition for power through peaceful means. It’s better than war. In an election, you’re in a competitive environment. You are running against another person, and you’re going to do whatever you think it takes to win, and so is the other person. When it’s all said and done, the president has on his cabinet Ben Carson, who was a competitor of his. He’s appointed people that endorsed me, like Mike Pompeo and Nikki Haley. Elections end. What I always find funny about that question—not with you in particular, but when others ask it—is if he had been my opponent in a general election as a Democrat, everyone would be insisting that I leave the election behind and work with him. But somehow, a year and a half later, at least some, mostly on the left, insist that I continue to hold onto whatever happened in that campaign. Hillary Clinton and Barack Obama said terrible things about each other in 2008. She ended up serving as his secretary of state for four years.
“So as far as my views of the president—he deserves credit for a lot. If you for a moment just erase the name Trump, take out all the Twitter and the daily noise, and just focus on what’s happened over the last 18 months: ISIS has lost all its territory in the Middle East. All of our partners in the NATO alliance are looking for ways to contribute more. The U.S. is recommitted to NATO; in fact, continues to pour money—has given lethal military capacity to Ukraine the previous administration would not give. [We] ended the Iran deal. Moved the embassy to Jerusalem. Got a historic tax cut passed that has led to robust economic growth—one of the best quarters we’ve ever had, full employment on top of it. [Trump] has appointed one—soon two—conservatives to the U.S. Supreme Court and has slowly but surely, in 18 months, helped to remake the circuit courts, with 24 nominees today—close to one-eighth of all circuit court judges have been appointed by this president in a year and a half. If I told you a Republican president had done that, you would say, ‘That’s a pretty successful year and a half.’ Unfortunately, it’s overshadowed by the noise and stuff he puts out there.”
No additional commentary here. Rubio laid it all out for us. That's politics for you.