Florida Sen. Marco Rubio stopped by Newsmax for a chat in which he stated that Russian President Vladimir Putin’s main goal in his meeting with President Joe Biden is to test what he can get away with.
“There’s no doubt that Putin believes, based on his previous interaction with Biden and watching American politics, that Biden is someone he wants to test,” Rubio said during the Wednesday edition of “Stinchfield,” drawing attention to the fact that the former KGB agent is a “psychological operative” and “trained intelligence officer.”
Rubio told host Grant Stinchfield, that Putin was thinking, “I’m going to test this guy. How far can I go? What can I do? What is this guy’s pain tolerance?”
“I am certain he went in looking for an assessment, a personal assessment, what was Biden willing to put up with,” Rubio went on to add.
The true deal-making will be made after Putin knows this information, Rubio said, noting Putin “views this as a zero sum game,” where his world authority is more measured by “his ability to embarrass and frustrate the United States” than actually making diplomatic progress.
“He doesn’t care what the world thinks about Vladimir Putin,” the Florida senator continued. “He’s not trying to be popular in the world. Vladimir Putin wants to restore Russia to great power standing. He can’t do that economically, so he has to do that militarily and asymmetrically by being able to wield power.”
Rubio then said that Putin uses the argument that he restored Russia to greatness.
“That’s an argument Putin relies on for political currency inside the country,” Rubio stated. “He doesn’t care what they think about him in Paris, or in London, or in Washington, or in L.A.”
He also said that Biden was “wise” in not doing a face-to-face press conference with Putin.
“Given what we’ve seen recently from this president, it’s probably a wise choice to no put him in that situation one on one,” the senator said. “Look, I’m not a fan of Vladimir Putin, but I think he felt in a setting like he could have an advantage and really press the case.”
“We’ll never really know what came up in that conversation,” he added.
The Florida Republican then criticized Biden for mentioning during his solo press conference that he had made a list of 16 “critical infrastructure” industries that Russia should not attack using cyber warfare.
Yes, that’s right. The guy essentially handed Putin, a foreign nation, a list of potential targets that could cripple our country.
“That was an unforced error,” Rubio went on to say. “I hope he didn’t really give him that list. I think, if I’m Putin, I’m going to wave that list around and say, ‘hey, it’s not on your list.'”
And we have how many more years of this guy?