Rick Scott urges Donald Trump to be ‘more aggressive’ with anti-American leaders
Rick Scott.

Does Trump need tougher rhetoric with America's enemies on the world stage?

U.S. Sen. Rick Scott on Tuesday took to Fox News radio to offer critiques of how President Donald Trump handles foreign policy, complete with suggested improvements.

The Naples Republican, on the Guy Benson radio program Tuesday afternoon, was responding to the host’s questions about how Trump seems to go too “easy” on certain foreign leaders, such as Recep Tayyip Erdoğan from Turkey, who Trump praised in a conversation with an American held hostage in Turkey.

Scott offered bland defenses of the President, before saying that he would like Trump to be “more aggressive” with leaders contravening American interests.

“Would I like him to be more aggressive in talking about these leaders? Yes, I would like him to be more aggressive,” Scott told Benson, extending his frame of reference to the leaders of Cuba and Venezuela.

The Senator noted that he had put a “lot of effort” into helping the President understand Latin American geopolitics.

“I’ve put a lot of effort into explaining to him why we have to hold the Castro regime accountable, Maduro accountable,” Scott said.

“So is his administration committed to it? Yes. Is there some rhetoric that — you know, he believes he can build these relationships and get these things done,” Scott said, veering into word salad territory briefly.

“So I know that he’s trying,” Scott continued. “He tried to sit down with North Korea. Did it work? No. It doesn’t work. It’s never worked. It never works to appease.”

“His policies have been right. His actions have been right,” Scott said.

For Scott, who advocated an interventionist play in Venezuela that the Trump administration has resisted, the frustration is quiet but clear with this President and a foreign policy that, at least in a few theaters of interest, doesn’t go far enough.

A.G. Gancarski

A.G. Gancarski has written for FloridaPolitics.com since 2014. He is based in Northeast Florida. He can be reached at [email protected] or on Twitter: @AGGancarski

One comment

  • Edward Freeman

    August 25, 2020 at 5:35 pm

    It would indeed take a herculean effort to explain anything beyond, “me good, you bad” to the buffoon Donald Trump.  Prick Snott however, is little better.  He is smarter, but at least as evil as Trump.  In the end, they both will deserve immense credit/blame for the total destruction of the Republican Party.

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