Marco Rubio may be a Republican, but he doesn’t appear to be afraid to call out the new GOP president or his administration.
Secretary of State Rex Tillerson, who appears to have little qualifications for the huge job he was appointed to outside of his ability to make a lot of money from foreign sources as the CEO of Exxon-Mobil, made some very concerning statements about Syrian President Bashar Assad.
On March 30, Tillerson remarked that Assad’s ability to stay in power in Syria ‘will be decided by the Syrian people.’ UN Ambassador Nikki Haley also stated on the same day that “our priority is no longer to sit there and focus on getting Assad out.”
Marco Rubio (R-FL) sat for an interview with AM Tampa Bay and pointedly blamed Tillerson and his comments about Assad’s cruel regime continuing without interference for the chemical weapons attack on the Syrian people just five days later that killed 70 people, including children. Calling Tillerson’s comments “concerning,” Rubio also said that he doesn’t “think it’s a coincidence that a few days later we see” another chemical attack against the Syrian people, which was allegedly ordered by Assad.
‘Assad believes and sadly he may be right that he can gas his people with sarin, kill children, kill innocent civilians, people will complain, there’ll be a meeting at the UN Security Council and then life will go on and he’ll stay in power. He’s made that calculation. The Russians support him on it. China is indifferent. And I hate to say this, I think he’s gonna get away with it again.’
At what point do these attacks by Assad, who has killed nearly 8,000 of his own people, become bad enough for the United States to intervene? According to Trump, it still hasn’t. While he criticized President Obama for his inaction and publicly condemned Assad, he’s made no secret of his intentions to also do absolutely nothing to help the Syrian people, either.
After all, according to Trump, Syria is “not our problem.” As for refugees fleeing from Assad’s continued chemical attacks against his own people, Trump’s Muslim ban appears to say that they are not our problem, either.
It appears Trump has appointed an administration who will fall right in line with that cruel indifference. In fact, they’ll give Assad the go-ahead to do even worse.
For Rubio’s full interview on AM Tampa Bay, see the audio file below:
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