The on-again, off-again relationship between Sen. Marco Rubio, R-Fla., and Republican presidential nominee Donald Trump appears to have once again veered away toward antagonism instead of a possible alliance.
In an interview with The Weekly Standard on Thursday, Rubio was asked about his February attack line when he argued Trump could not be trusted with the nation’s nuclear codes.
“I stand by everything I said during the campaign,” Rubio said Thursday.
Rubio’s brief period of attacking Trump before his own tailspin and exit from the primary race was later followed by weeks of insistence that the Florida senator would not support Trump. That, in turn, was followed by an admission from Rubio that he would support Trump as the party’s nominee.
For his part, Trump made conciliatory remarks about Rubio once he was out of the campaign.
This past week, however, Rubio joined the chorus of Republicans scolding Trump for his comments about the judge hearing the case against Trump University. Trump said Judge Gonzalo Curiel could not be impartial because he is a “Mexican.”
“I don’t defend what he says, and all I can tell you is I ran for president and I warned you this is what was going to happen,” Rubio said Monday. “I consistently said if he became the nominee, we’d face these sorts of difficult choices we now have.”
Rubio at one point indicated he may speak for Trump at the Republican National Convention. This also may have changed.
“I may not be asked to speak, but if I am at a convention or any Republican gathering for that matter, what I would communicate is the things I believe in,” Rubio said, noting that no one has asked him to speak.
Rubio said his policy vision, in some cases are, “substantially different from what Donald is offering, and that’s why I’m not sure I’m going to be asked to speak at the convention.”