Washington D.C.- US Senator Marco Rubio (R-FL) joined American Newsroom to discuss the latest news on Vladimir Putin’s strategy in his invasion of Ukraine and the national security threat China poses to the United States and the world. See below for highlights and watch the full interview here.
On Putin’s new strategy in Ukraine:
“As for winning, I don’t think it’s possible for Putin to get a strategic victory here. He is going to have a strategic and now potentially operational loss. What you see now is that they are not retreating, they are just regrouping, and then they are going to focus on his new plan.
“His new plan now is to take Kharkiv, take the Donbass region, probably hang on to some of the Black Sea coastal towns, and he’s going to throw all these forces against these limited areas in hopes of getting a different outcome. He certainly can’t, at this point, take large parts of Ukraine. They can’t do it. They don’t have enough people to do it.
On the threat from the Chinese Communist Party:
“Everyone here is now saying that we recognize that China is the generational threat. This is the challenge that awaits us and that will define the 21st century. One of the problems we have is [that] they spy on our universities, they steal technology, secrets, trade secrets and research — everything else we do.
“We had this Chinese initiative under former President Trump to continue this spying. Now it’s cancelled. It was canceled because a group of people started saying it was xenophobic and ignoring the fact that, for example, a significant percentage of people investigated and taken into the China Initiative are not Americans from Chinese origin. These are Americans who get paid or get other benefits for entrusting their research to China. They therefore canceled this initiative.
“Similarly, on the one hand you talk about all these things that we have to do to create independence from China, but on the other hand you have this Green New Deal proposal. Meanwhile, China is increasing its coal production. Not only are they increasing coal production in their own county, but they are funding all kinds of coal plants all over the world. They don’t have time for a Green New Deal.
“Here we were begging for their solar panels, the batteries they make and all that so we could destroy our economy, while they continue to build theirs at our expense.”
On America’s dependence on China and the need to bolster domestic production:
“Companies are there to make money. It’s what they do, it’s the only way to survive. These days, they increasingly make their money in ways that are detrimental to the national interest of the United States.
“That’s why you have big companies here lobbying on behalf of what China wants or against what China opposes – because they want their market share. They don’t want to be kicked out. from China. This represents a significant percentage of their market share. It spans the spectrum from Hollywood to the NBA and big brands like Apple, Nike, etc.
“These companies do [these] decisions because they want to make money in China. The problem is that some of these policies that they oppose or support, depending on China’s position, are bad for America.
“It’s not good for America to have 80% of our active ingredients in our pharmaceuticals made in China. It’s not good for America to depend on other countries for semiconductors and rare minerals that we need for our technology. It may be good for these companies, but it’s not good for America. We need an alternative to that.”
Regarding the threat posed by China:
“The key is to keep building pressure. It’s a long-term challenge, not just a three-year challenge. Part of that is changing the culture in Washington, DC Not just saying China is a threat, but changing the way we approach it. We cannot meet this new challenge using the policies of the past.