Sen. Marco Rubio (R-FL) on Monday unveiled a fresh excuse for President Donald Trump's request that the Chinese government launch an investigation into his political rivals.
Last week, Rubio said that Trump was simply joking and trying to get a reaction out of the media when he openly called on China to investigate former Vice President Joe Biden, who is one of the president's potential rivals in the 2020 election.
Now Rubio is conceding that what Trump did was "wrong" -- but he says we shouldn't be too concerned about it because China likely won't follow the president's suggestion.
"POTUS asking China to investigate Biden is wrong, but it isn’t going to happen," Rubio wrote on Twitter.
The brave #BlueCheckBrigade has trouble distinguishing between what is inappropriate & what is dangerous. POTUS a… https://t.co/xQHaVeWBDe— Marco Rubio (@Marco Rubio)1570454337.0
Rubio's latest effort to excuse Trump's behavior did not go over well with his Twitter followers -- check out the reactions below.
@marcorubio @NBA So he wasn't joking now? It was a serious request, but it's OK because China will ignore it? Pick a lane, man.— Kevin M. Kruse (@Kevin M. Kruse)1570455726.0
@marcorubio @NBA So your argument is that we should not worry about Trump asking other countries to attack our demo… https://t.co/bvscLJTE8I— Don Moynihan (@Don Moynihan)1570455560.0
@marcorubio @NBA So you expect more out of unelected athletes than we should expect out of you. Noted.— Jeremy Chao (@Jeremy Chao)1570455550.0
@marcorubio @NBA The President's trade war with China is a huge concern for the global economy. He's asking China t… https://t.co/FlscAEUKVN— Dave Hogg (@Dave Hogg)1570455063.0
@marcorubio @NBA It is easier for those without a spine to pass thru the eye of a needle because they are somewhat… https://t.co/4f2owHx8s6— James Powditch (@James Powditch)1570454456.0
@marcorubio @NBA it licks the bonespurs or else it gets the hose again— 𝚔𝚎𝚟𝚒𝚗 (@𝚔𝚎𝚟𝚒𝚗)1570455413.0
@marcorubio @NBA How about Trump saying he would ignore Hong Kong until trade negotiations are over?— Barfolemew - OIF Vet for Biden (@Barfolemew - OIF Vet for Biden)1570454509.0
@marcorubio @NBA What in the hell are you talking about? China's not "regulating speech." They're having a tantrum… https://t.co/lgMykD8b7W— Charles P. Pierce (@Charles P. Pierce)1570456241.0
@marcorubio @NBA If it's wrong, hold him accountable. Don't let him get away with it.— Brandon Duck (@Brandon Duck)1570454433.0
@marcorubio @NBA The NBA is more dangerous than Trump extorting Ukraine and leveraging our global trade for Trump's… https://t.co/oRfMo3oDow— ☇RiotWomenn☇ (@☇RiotWomenn☇)1570456156.0