Republican Florida Sen. Marco Rubio responded to a series of tweets and a Facebook post from Sen. Rand Paul (R-Kentucky) criticizing his view on U.S.-Cuban relations.
Paul had wrote that Rubio was "acting like an isolationist" for not supporting normalized relations with Communist Cuba. His comments came after Rubio went on Fox News Thursday night and said libertarian-leaning Kentucky senator "has no idea what he's talking about" in regard to Cuba.
"I think it's unfortunate that Rand has decided to adopt Barack Obama's foreign policy on this matter," Rubio told radio host Mark Levin Friday evening, citing his personal knowledge of atrocities of the Castro regime.
The remarks were first flagged by the conservative blog The Right Scoop.
"So you have these people coming out and saying, 'Well maybe we should try something different,'" Rubio added. "And that's what basically Rand did, he repeated the talking points of the president. And that's fine, he has every right to support the president's foreign policy if that's where he wants to line up with. But I'm telling you, it isn't going to work."
The notion that opening up relations with Cuba would help bring freedom to the country was false, the Florida senator added, and ultimately would only serve to strengthen the regime.
Andrew Kaczynski is a political reporter for BuzzFeed News and is based in New York.
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