‘Tip of the iceberg’: Marco Rubio, Rick Scott move against Chinese influence
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Tough words from China hawk Senators.

Florida’s U.S. Senators continued on Tuesday to aggressively message against Chinese influence in the American political sphere.

Sen. Marco Rubio, the Acting Chair of the Senate Intelligence Committee, again memorialized alarm about Beijing’s machinations with American politicians like U.S. Rep. Eric Swalwell, saying that “recent reports of Chinese espionage are just the tip of the iceberg.”

“The very first hearing of the Senate Intel Committee next congress must be on China’s efforts to spy on, influence & potentially coerce government officials in the U.S., including members of Congress,” the Senator tweeted Tuesday.

Swalwell, still on the House Intelligence Committee, earlier in his political career had a girlfriend who was a Chinese spy. This presents a major concern for Rubio, the Senator said last week on the Fox News Channel.

“He, as a member of the House Intelligence Committee, was going around telling people that the President was an ‘agent’ of a foreign government,” Rubio said. “And obviously when people hear that from someone who’s on the Intelligence Committee, they think he must know something. They think he must know something the rest of us don’t know.”

Meanwhile, Sen. Rick Scott, who also wonders why Swalwell is still on that sensitive committee, is signaling roadblocks ahead for President-elect Joe Biden’s Senate nominees who may be “weak on China.”

The Senator, in an opinion piece in Tuesday’s Newsweek, made the case that Biden and his foreign policy nominees’ “tired ways of thinking have allowed the CCP to steal American technology and American jobs, and threaten our standing in the world.”

The nominees — all with a history of appeasing adversaries around the world — are part of the strand of foreign policy elites who are more interested in placating the chattering classes in D.C., Davos and Brussels than in actually representing the American people,” Scott wrote.

Rubio, unsurprisingly, aligns with this view. Last month, he tweeted that “Biden’s cabinet picks went to Ivy League schools, have strong resumes, attend all the right conferences & will be polite & orderly caretakers of America’s decline.” 

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


  • Tom mims

    December 15, 2020 at 11:43 am

    China was always a Republican wet dream. Unfettered capitalism and no elections. Someone should ask these two when they stopped supporting Ronald Reagan and free trade.

  • Amy Roberts

    December 15, 2020 at 11:52 am

    While China is a concern, the bigger concern is Russia, has been, and will be. Where is that outrage?

  • Sonja Fitch

    December 15, 2020 at 1:24 pm

    Little Marco once again being bullied by a paranoid delusional racist sexist sociopath liar Nazi Rick! If Nazi Rick says it better look for The Nazi Rick motivation!!! Can’t wait til Trump gets to Florida and Nazi Rick gets his comeuppance from Trump! Lol

  • PeterH

    December 16, 2020 at 8:24 am

    All of a sudden the Republican narrative has our China focused foreign and trade policy on non-existent Democrat’s cooperation. Since 2016 Republicans have controlled the White House, and Congress and let’s remember Trump’s failed trade negotiations and seemingly endless praise of the Xi.

    Jan. 22, Twitter:

    “One of the many great things about our just signed giant Trade Deal with China is that it will bring both the USA & China closer together in so many other ways. Terrific working with President Xi, a man who truly loves his country. Much more to come!”

    Donald Trump

  • Palmer Tom

    December 16, 2020 at 9:49 am

    Then there was the Trump shoe deal; lets get to the bottom of that.

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