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ICYMI: Rubio Joins Hannity
Washington, D.C. — U.S. Senator Marco Rubio (R-FL) joined Hannity to discuss the latest on Russia’s invasion of Ukraine. See below for highlights and watch the full interview here.
On the effect President Joe Biden’s gaffes have on our allies and adversaries:
“There’s two things happening right now. Americans are losing confidence in President Biden and his ability to manage the job and to get results and changes for our country, but it’s not like foreign leaders and foreign adversaries don’t watch the same video. They watch the same things. That’s the part that concerns me the most with all of [the President’s] gaffes.
“It’s not just the impact that it’s having here domestically on Americans. Americans understand our system is [based on] a lot more than just Joe Biden, although his administration is doing a lot of damage. But our allies start to lose confidence in our country, and our adversaries start to wonder if they can get away with certain things. That’s the part that really concerns me when it comes to Putin.
“I think [Putin] invaded because he didn’t think Biden would do anything about it. And I think he’s willing to do other things now, potentially, because of the same.”
On Europe’s reliance on Russian energy:
“On the energy front, [Europe has] allowed [Putin] to use it as leverage, as a weapon, and he still holds that over Europe’s head. In many ways, [he holds it] over the head of the rest of the world, because if the European energy markets collapse, the whole world will feel the pinch from it.”
On the need to arm Ukraine to support its ultimate victory:
“[Weaponry [is] critically important. We have to stop talking about giving Ukraine the weapons they need to defend themselves, and start talking about it this way: the weapons Ukraine needs now to win.
“[Ukraine has] a real chance here not just to achieve a strategic victory, but an operational one, which will do permanent damage on the Putin regime in Russia, and for years to come [it will] send a very powerful message. You don’t think China is watching this and saying, ‘Well, we really better think twice before going into Taiwan. We don’t want to wind up the way the Russians did, suffering that kind of damage.’”
On the threat China poses to the United States:
“The difference between China and Russia is that [China has] a much larger economy and it’s going to be a lot harder to sanction China than Russia for one simple reason: we depend on them way too much.
“A lot of the things that we use in this country are made in China by the Chinese, and if we cut them off we are hurting ourselves. And they know it, and they plan to use that against us as leverage.
“That’s why we need to bring manufacturing capacity back to this country. Bring back factories, [and] bring back the ability to make things in this country. And if it can’t be made here, make it somewhere close to here in an allied country.
“If we depend on China, we are allowing ourselves to be vulnerable to them. And that’s one of the things I’m certain [General Secretary Xi Jinping] is calculating, is that we won’t be able to do to him what you’ve seen the world do [with] sanctions on Vladimir Putin.”