By Javier Manjarres
U.S. Senator Marco Rubio has just announced that he will not be supporting former Senator Chuck Hagel, as Secretary of Defense.
During a live interview on Fox News, just moments ago, Rubio stated he was “deeply concerned” about Hagel’s previous statement in regards to sanctions on Iran, negotiating with North Korean, and the statements he has made about Israel. Senator Mike Lee and Mike Lee have already stated that they would oppose Hagel. Rubio said that Hagel hasn’t said anything that would change his mind during his confirmation hearings.
I’ve stated long ago that I have been deeply concerned about his previous comments, with regards to sanctions on Iran, with regards to direct negotiations with North Korea, obviously statements he’s made about Israel, and these are not the kind of statements and positions that I want our Secretary of Defense have. These are big, big problems. For those reasons I just don’t believe I will be able to support his nomination.-Senator Marco Rubio
Here is Rubio’s official statement of non-support-
“After carefully reviewing Senator Hagel’s record on a number of issues, I cannot support his confirmation as our nation’s next Secretary of Defense. I oppose his confirmation because of his views on U.S. policy toward Cuba, his past opposition to tough Iran sanctions, his questionable comments in the. past about U.S. support for Israel, his support for direct, bilateral negotiations with North Korea and, most importantly, my belief that he will usher in a new era of austere defense budgets that will severely impede U.S. national security by hampering readiness and radically limiting the global force projection of our military.
Here is Rubio’s Fox News statement and video hit-
“Senator Hagel served his country during the Vietnam War with great distinction and has an admirable record of public service. I also appreciate him taking the time to visit with me this week. Unfortunately, his policy views are too far apart from what I believe to be the way forward for preserving America’s proper role in the world as a force for security and peace. Now more than ever, I firmly believe the U.S. needs a robust military capability that includes a renewed commitment to our shipbuilding program, a reliable nuclear deterrent to defend against rogue nations and a nimble counterterrorism force able to confront the asymmetric warfare of the 21st century.”