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Trump and Rubio depart Washington as partners on Cuba

Trump adviser Dan Scavino tweeted this photo from Air Force One as the group headed to Miami with President Donald Trump. From left, Labor Secretary Alexander Acosta, Rep. Carlos Curbelo, R-Miami, Rep. Mario Diaz-Balart, R-Miami, Sen. Marco Rubio, R-Miami, Agriculture Secretary Sonny Perdue and Commerce Secretary Wilbur Ross.

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Trump adviser Dan Scavino tweeted this photo from Air Force One as the group headed to Miami with President Donald Trump. From left, Labor Secretary Alexander Acosta, Rep. Carlos Curbelo, R-Miami, Rep. Mario Diaz-Balart, R-Miami, Sen. Marco Rubio, R-Miami, Agriculture Secretary Sonny Perdue and Commerce Secretary Wilbur Ross.

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WASHINGTON - Even in this fast-moving and dramatic time in politics, the scene is remarkable: Sen. Marco Rubio and President Donald Trump, one-time fierce adversaries, will fly together to Miami today as partners in a harder shift on Cuba.

Both will cast the day as a victory, both in policy and personal terms.

Trump badly wants to move away from the escalating Russia probe and deliver on a campaign promise, to show his administration can get things done. Rubio played a key role shaping the new policy, an expression of his clout, and has a emotional stake as the son of Cuban American immigrants who now is responsible for partly rolling back one of President Obama's signature accomplishments.

“Hitting the Cuban military's economic monopoly & helping the independent Cuban small business sector is a #BetterDealforCuba,” the Miami Republican wrote this morning on Twitter.

Trump had other things on his mind this morning. “After 7 months of investigations & committee hearings about my "collusion with the Russians," nobody has been able to show any proof. Sad!”

Will Trump vent to Rubio, a member of the Senate Intelligence Committee, on the way down?

Trump is scheduled to take the stage at 1:10 p.m.

[Last modified: Friday, June 16, 2017 12:45pm]

    

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