Sen. Marco Rubio, R-Fla., returns to the Sunday show circuit this weekend, covering a wide array of programs, just days after he attended an executive order signing ceremony in Miami where President Trump enacted a tougher U.S. stance on the Cuban regime.
At the event Friday, Trump cited Rubio, a Cuban American, as being one of two lawmakers who helped craft the policy. Rubio addressed the crowd before Trump spoke and took a jab at former President Obama, saying Obama's efforts to normalize relations with and visiting the island nation was akin to outstretching "his hand to a regime." By comparison, Rubio said on Friday that Trump on Friday was greeted in Miami by "dissidents, by freedom fighters, by people, some of whom and on the island of Cuba have suffered greatly in the hands of this repressive regime."
"More than anything else, this change empowers the people of Cuba, not the government, not the regime, but the people," Rubio said. "So that they can enjoy the freedom and the liberties with a very clear message: America is prepared to outstretch its hands and work with the people of Cuba, but we will not empower their oppressors."
Some Trump supporters are complaining that his Cuba policy isn't tough enough and doesn't reach the promises he made during the campaign to completely undo Obama's overtures. Among those dissapointed are conservative commenatator Ann Coulter.
Rubio on Saturday tweeted out that he will take part in several interviews on Sunday, including CNN's "State of the Union," CBS' "Face the Nation" and NBC's "Meet the Press." He'll also appear on Telemundo and CBS Miami.
Joining Rubio on "Meet the Press" is Sen. Angus King, I-Maine, whose tough line of questioning during the Senate Intelligence Committee's recent open hearings with former FBI Director James Comey and Attorney General Jeff Sessions stood out. King recently said he was "really, really disturbed" by Sessions' apparent lack of interest in Russia's interference in the 2016 election.
Jay Sekulow, a member of Trump's legal team, will make an appearance on both "Meet with Press" and "State of the Union" after a week in which the Washington Post reported that the federal probe into Russian meddling has been expanded to examine whether Trump obstructed justice.
- ABC's "This Week": Former House Speaker Newt Gingrich, R-Ga.; Rep. Adam Schiff, D-Calif., ranking member on the House Intelligence Committee; and Douglas Lute, former U.S. ambassador to NATO.
- CBS' "Face the Nation" and CNN's "State of the Union": Sen. Marco Rubio, R-Fla.; Sen. Bernie Sanders, I-Vt.; Rubio; and Jay Sekulow.
- Fox New's "Fox News Sunday": Sen. Amy Klobuchar, D-Minn.; Rep. Rodney David, R-Ill.; and Jay Sekulow.
- NBC's "Meet the Press": Sens. Marco Rubio, R-Fla.; Sen. Angus King, I-Maine; and Jay Sekulow