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ICYMI: Rubio Joins Fox & Friends

Aug 4, 2022 | Press Releases

U.S. Senator Marco Rubio (R-FL) joined Fox & Friends to discuss China’s threats to Taiwan, the tragic death of Representative Jackie Walorski (R-IN) and former Rubio staffer Emma Thomson, and the danger of terrorists entering the southern border. See below for highlights and watch the full interview here

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On China’s threats to Taiwan:

“I think you’re going to see China launch rockets over Taiwan. I think you’re going to see jets, potentially, military airplanes fly over Taiwan. 
 
“I think part of this is messaging, but I think part of it is to send a very clear signal to leaders in Taiwan and to military leaders in Taiwan. And that is: ‘If we decide to take you by force you won’t be able to stop us. And therefore you might as well begin to negotiate with us the terms of your surrender.’ 
 
“I think there’s no doubt about it that that’s going to happen. When we see these things happen, remember that our civilian leaders in the Pentagon have spent the last two years focused very seriously on the proper use of pronouns and and ensuring that we host the right number of drag queen shows at different military bases around the world…[as well as] kicking out the unvaccinated. 
 
“And now the recruitment numbers are down because a lot of the working-class families who are the backbone of our recruitment efforts, these are the people that have for decades sent their sons and daughters to defend our country, they’re not interested in joining some woke social experiment organization. So it’s very sad. I hope it’s a wake-up call that we begin to reallocate resources and attention to the right things and to our military capabilities in the Pacific.”
 
On the death of former Rubio staffer Emma Thomson in a tragic collision:
 
“Emma was a fantastic young woman. She was actually responsible for putting out our press releases. And during the presidential campaign, she also coordinated all the logistics for our traveling press team. As you know, when you’re running for president, you’re hitting five cities in a day. So that’s a lot of work. 
 
“She was a fantastic young woman. She worked really hard, always taking notes, always listening, trying to learn. She was like a sponge, absorbing information. It really is a very sad loss, obviously as well as the Congresswoman and her other staffer [who] died yesterday. It’s a terrible tragedy. Our hearts go out to her family and we pray that she’ll have eternal peace.”
 
On the danger of terrorists entering the southern border:
 
“Any time you have a highly publicized, well-known vulnerability in terms of entry into a country, that becomes a magnet for people that aren’t supposed to be coming. I don’t know what the right figure is, but are 99.99 percent of the people entering the United States illegally just coming because their life is miserable wherever they come from? I would accept that. The problem is you only need one, two, three, or four, or a handful of terrorists to carry out some pretty horrible things. 
 
“This is a known vulnerability, and I would say that in an era in which we’ve gotten very good at identifying people who are trying to fly into this country who shouldn’t be coming in—we’ve gotten better at that—you now have an incentive [to infiltrate the border]…. 
 
“The people we know about are the ones that are turning themselves in for apprehension or are the ones that are caught. But we know for a fact that there are people entering the country every day and we don’t know who they are. There’s great concern about that vulnerability. 
 
“The people who now control the border are a bunch of cartels and trafficking networks who are more than happy to facilitate the travel of anyone. They don’t care if they’re terrorists or whatever. It’s a very real vulnerability and one we should be taking very seriously.”
 
On Democrats ignoring the challenges of everyday Americans:
 
“If you took a list of the things that people are worried about today, like right now at this moment [as] people are on their way to work or what have you, and you compare it to the list of the things that we’re focused on in Washington, they’re upside down. We are not focused on the right priorities. That’s a big problem.”