Florida Senator Marco Rubio (R), a long-time critic of China and the threat they pose to the United States, joined Shannon Bream on Fox News to discuss disengaging from China and passing an additional federal relief package to assist Americans during the COVID-19 pandemic.
In discussing the threat that China poses on the country, Senator Rubio explained that they are “the second largest economy. In the world, the most populous nation on Earth, they are a nuclear power, they are going to continue to grow in power and influence.” Because of that, “we have to have a relationship with them, but it has to be a balanced relationship – meaning we can’t continue to allow them to cheat, steal our jobs, and create unfair advantages over us.”
In speaking about financial relief for Americans, the Florida lawmaker slammed the HEROES Act, arguing that a better measure has to be introduced for the American people.
He detailed that the HEROES Act “has all kinds of things in it that have absolutely nothing to do with the pandemic,” noting that the response has “to be something that helps people that are looking for jobs and can’t find them right now, helps small business survive, helps protect companies from being sued out existence, helps develop more testing capabilities and hopefully… a vaccine, and helps with the extraordinary costs of going back to school that will be associated with making those schools safe.”
As lawmakers, “we have to do all of that, and we have to get it done soon,” Rubio asserted.
In moving forward, he expressed that he wants to “make some progress and stop playing this sort of political game, back and forth, and finger pointing, which has become far too common here from my friends, as we call them on the other side of the aisle, the Democrats.”