Feb 03 2022
Washington, D.C. — U.S. Senator Marco Rubio (R-FL) joined Fox & Friends to discuss Ukraine, China’s ongoing threat to the United States, the border crisis, and more. See below for highlights and watch the full interview here.
On the U.S. raid taking out top ISIS leader:
“It's important to remember that these weren't robots that went and did this. These are Americans. Their families are here in the United States, and we want to thank them for their service to our country.
“These are dangerous missions against very dangerous and evil people. ISIS right now is growing once again. It's trying to reconstitute itself inside of Afghanistan to target, not just American interests in the region, but to come after us here at home.
“It's good to see raids like this. It's concerning that we don't have the ability to do the same thing in other parts of the world where ISIS can now be found and are organizing like in Afghanistan.”
On China being the biggest threat to the United States:
“The number one threat to the United States today is China. But related to that threat is the idea that you can somehow go into any country you want and take it over.
“I don't know anyone who is calling for supporting U.S. troops being involved in a war in Ukraine. I certainly don't support that. Not even the Ukrainians are asking for that.
“On the other hand, if we live in a world where countries can say, ‘Look, that land belongs to us, we want it, and we are going to take it for ourselves,’ if that's the world we live in, we are back to 1937, 1938, or 1939. That’s what China says about Taiwan, parts of their border with India, and parts of its border with Vietnam.
“In Europe alone, there are probably eight or nine countries who have leaders, or at least movements in those countries, that are arguing that they got screwed over by some treaty 120 years ago and they would like to rewrite it. If they have more military power than their neighbors, they’re going to take [their neighbors’ land].
“If we live in a world where countries can say, ‘That belongs to us, we are going to take it by military force and annex it,’ then you are going to see an impact to the United States.
“If COVID has taught us anything, it is that things that happen halfway around the world can have an impact on our economy here at home, and our lives here at home for that matter.
“I'm not in favor of sending military troops to fight in the war in Ukraine, and I don't think we need to. But there has to be serious consequences that hopefully deter Vladimir Putin from doing what I think he is going to end up doing. He's got to pay a big price or other people are going to follow his example and do the same thing.”
On the Biden Administration’s neglect of the southern border:
“There is no doubt that our border’s in crisis. …
“The problem right now is we are not doing anything about [the U.S. border]. [The Biden Administration is] not interested in enforcing the border or enforcing immigration law. They never talk about it. A meeting with Mayorkas last week went very poorly with border agents. We only know about it because someone videotaped it secretly and sent it out to the press.
“[The Biden Administration] is not enforcing the law. They are literally inviting and luring thousands of people a day to enter the country illegally. They are facilitating [illegal immigration] as well in that sense. It's terrible for those people and terrible for this country.
“We need to [fortify Ukraine and protect the U.S. border]. I think we have the capability to do both. It’s not an either-or. We can, should, and must secure our border. That has to come first.
“The problem with the Biden Administration is they don't talk about it or care about it, not to mention inflation, supply chain disruptions, labor shortages and all the other challenges we have in our country. They like talking about fake things — like voter suppression efforts — that don't exist. These are fake things, they don't exist. That's what they spend their time on.”