Sen. Marco Rubio traveled throughout Florida Thursday reinforcing the U.S. Chamber of Commerce endorsement in local markets. Try as he might to ignore it, however, Donald Trump is a topic that keeps coming up in press gaggles, as it did in Jacksonville.
The first question Rubio got, after an endorsement from the local and federal Chambers, had to do with Trump and his comments that Russian hackers should find the missing emails from Hillary Clinton‘s server.
Rubio noted that “we don’t know who hacked the DNC,” saying it could have been “multiple individuals” and that the “whole incident is a reminder of why Hillary Clinton’s email scandal is such a big deal” since her server had less protection than the DNC’s.
Rubio said he did not “support” Trump’s comments, adding he called Trump’s campaign, which told him the Republican presidential nominee’s comments were a “use of sarcasm to call attention” to the missing emails.
When asked if Trump was too close to Russia, Rubio said that he didn’t know about Trump and Russia, adding that Trump has “some foreign policy views that I don’t entirely disagree with.”
When asked if he was comfortable with Trump getting classified security briefings, Rubio attempted to stay on party line message.
“As president,” Rubio said, “you are elected to be commander in chief.”
“Hillary Clinton can’t be trusted with intelligence briefings,” Rubio added.
“I need to run to win my campaign. Given the fact that I ran myself,” Rubio said, “people know my positions.”
As has been the case elsewhere, Rubio danced around his differences with his party’s nominee, in favor of making the rejectionist case against Clinton.