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Marco Rubio (Sen. R-Fla.) told CBS’ Face The Nation that the White House is wrong in assuming this past week that ISIS doesn’t pose a real threat to the U.S. He goes on to say that because ISIS is gaining more and more American and European fighters with passports, it allows them to gain immediate access into the U.S.
“For us to simply sit back and say, ‘We don’t think they pose a threat,’ because we haven’t seen one, I think would be short-sighted,” Rubio said. “The fact of the matter is this group has among their ranks hundreds if not thousands of people with the capability of entering the United States quickly and easily. And we should not take that lightly.”
Senator Rubio also announced his belief that President Obama has committed “presidential malpractice” when it comes to his foreign policies regarding ISIS.
“I think that exhibit A is what he’s done with the Middle East. He ran for office under the notion that our national interest in the Middle East was to disengage as quickly as possible and disentangle from the region. And that has been chaotic,” Rubio said. He continued by saying the president’s actions and words, “have been dramatically counterproductive to our foreign policy, and I think have created some generational and reputational damage to the United States of great significance.”
Rubio continued by saying that with all of the “mixed messages coming from the administration” like the “don’t have a strategy,” the “are we gonna contain them or are we going to defeat them,” as well as the Joe Bidensaying “we’re going to follow them to the gates of hell,” but Obama saying “we’re just going to contain them,” that ISIS is watching all of this as well, and that “the American foreign policy is in the hands of someone who does not know what he’s doing.”