- The Washington Times
Monday, January 11, 2016

Sen. Marco Rubio slammed Sean Penn’s “fawning” over Joaquin “El Chapo” Guzman as “grotesque,” after the actor secretly interviewed the Mexican drug kingpin while he was on the run from authorities.

“If one of these American actors who have benefited from the greatness of this country, who have made money from our free enterprise system, want to go fawn all over a criminal and a drug trafficker in their interviews, they have a constitutional right to do it,” the Republican presidential candidate said Sunday on ABC’s “This Week,” The Hill reported.

“I find it grotesque,” he added.

Guzman, one of the world’s most wanted fugitives, was recaptured Friday. A Mexican federal law enforcement official has said Mr. Penn’s interview with Guzman, published by Rolling Stone, helped authorities locate the drug trafficker, The Hill reported.

Mr. Rubio said it was a positive if the interview indeed helped lead to Guzman’s capture.

Sean Penn is not someone I spend a lot of time thinking about. I didn’t even know he was still around,” he said. “I guess [the Mexicans] used the interview that he had in order to find him. That’s fantastic. I hope they extradite ‘El Chapo‘ to the United States.”

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