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ICYMI: Rubio on Fox and Friends

Jan 27, 2021 | Press Releases

Washington, D.C. — U.S. Senator Marco Rubio (R-FL) joined Fox and Friends to discuss China, court packing, and the cancellation of the Keystone XL pipeline. See below for highlights and watch the video here

On China:
“There’s one change here in the last four years that’s been pretty dramatic, there really aren’t very many voices left saying we should keep things the way they were with China. I think there’s broad agreement now that there has to be a rethinking of it, and I hope that’s the direction [the Biden Administration] will follow… Washington remains heavily populated with people that were adherents and followers of the previous idea that China was just a poor country and once they got rich they’d become more like us, so we have to keep an eye on that, we’ll see.
“What I do worry about is two things — one, they might say the right thing, but not be truly committed to it. And the second is that they put a bunch of people in positions who frankly are going to say what they need to to get appointed or to get into positions of government but in the end aren’t real believers that the U.S. and China are locked into this strategic competition.
“I think the world, and you can see in Europe already, a lot of countries are already very concerned about the following: the unfairness of the way that China does business, how vulnerable they are in supply chains, in essence important things they need for their national security, the pandemic they’ve got to buy from China. There are already countries concerned about that and they’re taking their own steps. They’re smaller than us, their economies are smaller, so they have to balance that with not being completely cut off because it would hurt their economy, but they do want U.S. leadership. 5G is a great example of it. Right now, Huawei is the world’s largest provider of 5G, and what we need is for the free countries of the world to come together and create an alternative to Huawei — I think countries would be open to that, but it’s going to take some leadership.”
On court packing: 
“I filed that amendment last year. I filed it before we had the Amy Coney Barrett hearings, when all that threat was happening as well because this is where they’re headed. This is where their radical base is demanding, and so that was their plan and their intent all along. And I think we have to be prepared for it, and if that’s not the case — if they are not in fact planning to [pack the court] — then they should be supporting the constitutional amendment that I’m offering, which would make the number that we have now on the court permanent so you don’t start using the number of justices on the court as a political strategy. I mean, taken to its absurd conclusion, if a new administration every time they come in they don’t like the composition of the court, they’ll just keep adding justices. We could at some point have 25 members of the Supreme Court — that would be absurd — but that’s the direction we can head here if we don’t put a stop to it now.”
On the cancellation of the Keystone XL pipeline: 
“The left of center and far left people, they campaign and talk about ‘I care about working people, I care about jobs, we want to help them,’ and so forth. But then you have to make a decision. There’s a policy before you, like the Keystone pipeline. It does nothing for you. Getting rid of the Keystone pipeline will do nothing for the environment, but getting rid of it will upset our Canadian allies and put 11,000 families on the unemployment line at a time when it’s hard to find work, and the kind of work we need in this country. And they had no problem, at the stroke of a pen, putting 11,000 people out of work. 
“And so I think the proof is in their actions. They say they care about jobs, but when the time comes to protect them they choose the agenda of the far left over jobs for Americans, and people are seeing it and unfortunately 11,000 families have been hurt. 
“And the arrogance of some of these people, to say ‘Well, we’re going to find them other jobs in clean tech.’ Is that next week? Is that next month? Or are you talking about 10 years from now? Because these families need to eat and pay rent and raise their kids.”