Trump and Rubio depart Washington as partners on Cuba
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!”
I am being investigated for firing the FBI Director by the man who told me to fire the FBI Director! Witch Hunt— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) June 16, 2017
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.