‘Reckless’: Marco Rubio bashed for sharing pics of live meeting with Volodymyr Zelenskyy
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‘Dude, what the hell is wrong with you?’

Marco Rubio is one of two Republican lawmakers facing criticism for tweeting photos of a Saturday video call with Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelenskyy after being told not to share pictures of the meeting while it was in progress.

Rubio and fellow U.S. Sen. Steve Daines of Montana, like all others on the call, were explicitly asked to refrain from posting live photos of the Zoom meeting to protect Zelenskyy’s security. It has been reported that Zelenskyy has survived at least three assassination attempts since last week.

Despite persistent attempts on Zelenskyy’s life since Russia invaded Ukraine Feb. 24, both Rubio and Daines disregarded the request. Rubio tweeted a photo of the meeting at 9:45 a.m. Daines followed with his own snapshot eight minutes later.

“On zoom call now with President Zelensky (sic) of #Ukraine,” Rubio wrote.

Several current and former politicians from both sides of the political aisle were quick to deride Rubio and Daines.

“The Ukrainian Ambassador very intentionally asked each of us on the zoom to NOT share anything on social media during the meeting to protect the security of President Zelenskyy,” U.S. Rep. Dean Phillips of Minnesota wrote on Twitter. “Appalling and reckless ignorance by two U.S. Senators.”

Former Maryland Lt. Gov. Michael Steele, a past chair of the Republican National Committee, shared similarly harsh words.

“Dude, what the hell is wrong with you?” he wrote in a quote tweet of Rubio’s post. “You are the Vice Chairman of the Select Committee on Intelligence, and a member of the Foreign Relations Committee. You were specifically asked NOT to share this briefing with Zelensky (sic). Why would you risk his safety for a tweet?”

Democratic U.S. Rep. Jason Crow of Colorado, who is a member of the House Armed Services Committee and the House Intelligence Committee, wrote: “The lack of discipline in Congress is truly astounding. If an embattled wartime leader asks you to keep quiet about a meeting, you better keep quiet about the meeting. I’m not saying a damn thing. Lives are at stake.”

Representatives from Rubio and Daines’ office released separate statements downplaying the impact.

“There were over 160 members of Congress on a widely reported Zoom call,” a spokesperson for Rubio said. “There was no identifying information of any kind. Anybody pretending this tweet is a security concern is a partisan seeking clicks.”

In a similarly worded statement, Daines’ office contended he shared the photo on Twitter before receiving a request to not post images of the meeting online.

Rubio used the same defense in a subsequent CNN interview.

“Well, first of all, (the Ukrainian ambassador) asked that like 30 minutes into the call, after I had already done it,” he said. “The second is, I think she’s under the impression that no one knew that call was happening. That call had been widely reported. Actually, the specific time had been reported. There were over 300 people on it. All the call details had been emailed.

“So, there was nothing secure about that call. And the picture is just a nondescript picture. It looks just like all the other ones that you’ve seen out there publicly. So, there’s no risk posed. But you’re always going to have a couple people that want their name in an article somewhere and mentioned in the press.”

Jesse Scheckner

Jesse Scheckner has covered South Florida with a focus on Miami-Dade County since 2012. His work has been recognized by the Hearst Foundation, Society of Professional Journalists, Florida Society of News Editors, Florida MMA Awards and Miami New Times. Email him at [email protected] and follow him on Twitter @JesseScheckner.

One comment

  • Patrick D'Annunzio

    March 7, 2022 at 10:13 am

    Rubio and Scott, AKA Little Marco and Skeletor, are total morons.

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