Rubio: Trump Wasn’t Being Serious When He Asked China For Election Interference
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When President Donald Trump said on Thursday that China should investigate former Vice President Joe Biden and his son, he was merely trying to rile up the media, according to Senator Marco Rubio.
Asked if such a request is appropriate, the Florida Republican said, “I don’t know if that’s a real request or just him needling the press, knowing that you guys are going to get outraged by it.”
He also said that Trump has gotten “pretty good” at firing up the press and once again, the media “responded right on task.”
Pressed on whether it is okay for the president to ask China to investigate his political rival, particularly considering that Rubio has been one of the Senate’s loudest critics of China, the senator deflected a second time.
“Again, I think he did it to dig you guys,” Rubio said. “I think he did it to provoke you guys to ask me and others and get outraged by it.”
“He plays it like a violin,” the senator added, “and everyone falls right into it.”