On Jan. 20, Donald Trump will be handed the nuclear codes. However, Sen. Marco Rubio, his former rival and current supporter, just can’t bring himself to say that he is actually okay with this frightening reality.
During a Sunday morning interview with Dana Bash on CNN’s State of the Union, Rubio was confronted with a statement he had made on the campaign trail. The Florida senator had warned voters to be wary of giving “the nuclear codes of the United States to an erratic individual.” Even after Trump had secured the nomination of the Republican party, Rubio stood by his prior assessment of Trump.
It seems Rubio still lacks confidence in Trump’s ability not to blow us all to smithereens.
“Senator, do you still have those concerns about President-elect Trump?” Bash asked.
“Well, Dana, we had an election,” Rubio replied. “Ultimately the voters chose him both as our nominee and now as our president. The election is over and it’s time to govern. We’ll give him every chance to be successful. That’s what I”m focused on now. At some point, elections end and governing needs to begin.”
“Senator, I completely get elections are over and now it is time for governing,” Bash pressed. “But given the fact that it’s time for governing and your criticism was about his abilities to govern, even as far as saying that he shouldn’t have the nuclear codes because he’s too erratic. What will you do as senator, as somebody who actually has the responsibility of check and balance, to make sure that he is governing properly given the concerns that you expressed?”
“The same as I would do with anybody else who is elected.” Rubio replied, “I feel comfortable voters have voted him to be the commander-in-chief.”
That’s certainly a far cry from saying he believes Trump is responsible and level-headed enough to keep his tiny little fingers off that shiny nuclear button.
Watch Rubio’s interview here:
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