The Florida Republican explained during an interview on Fox News’ “America’s Newsroom” that whoever won the 2016 presidential election would have fallen into years of Russian spy controversy.
“I don’t think Vladimir Putin interfered with our election — I know he did,” he said. “And I think his primary objective was not one candidate over another. His primary objective was to weaken the next president of the United States by thrusting them into controversy.”
He warned that the Trump administration could be continuing in that direction if the president believes he can befriend Mr. Putin.
Mr. Rubio touted the Deter Act, which would issue “specific and significant sanctions,” as a solution to potential meddling by Russian agents.
The senator said he wished Mr. Trump defended the intelligence community at the press conference like he did at Tuesday’s hearing where the president issued a correction to his Helsinki comments.
However, Mr. Rubio defended the Trump administration, saying that despite the president’s rhetoric there has been “strong” action taken regarding Russia, such as sanctions and giving weapons to Ukraine.
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