Senator Marco Rubio (R-FL) argued that Iran is taking advantage of the desperation of President Obama and John Kerry on Tuesday’s “Kelly File” on the Fox News Channel.
“I think that the Iranians believe that Barack Obama and John Kerry are desperate for a deal, and I think they sense it, in our body language, and words such as these, and statements they’ve made in the past, and the fact that they’re fighting their own Congress on giving them the authority to impose additional sanctions if the talks fail, and the Iranians are taking advantage of it” he stated.
Rubio also disagreed with attempts by Senator Rand Paul (R-KY) to put geographic limits on the AUMF to combat ISIS, stating “if you put a geographic limit on the authorization of the use of force, you’ve basically told ISIL where they can go to hide. If you say, for example, you can only hit them in Iraq and Syria, they have every incentive now to move their operations and their training facilities to some other place that’s not included within in it.”
Rubio reacted to the president’s comments on the National Prayer Breakfast, saying that the president has “developed this habit of scolding and nagging and talking down to the American people. And I think that’s a very dangerous attribute for a president to have, it’s very divisive, quite frankly, I think annoying after some time. But I think to compare 21st century jihadists to 11th century Medieval-era Christians is absurd. This is a reality that’s happening right now, none of the people involved in the Crusades are alive today or doing anything to anyone, it happened, it’s a historical issue that happened a long time ago. And for him to — here’s the thing, this was not an off the cuff remark, it was a written, scripted statement. He knew exactly what he was doing, he wanted to be provocative. And I think there are people on the left that think that sort of statement is very appealing. I don’t.”
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