Marco Rubio ignores backlash from Zelensky call live on Twitter

Sen. Marco Rubio (R-FL) on Sunday brushed off criticism he and another GOP lawmaker received for tweeting photos of a video call with Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky, even though attendees were specifically urged to do not share any photos on social networks.

Rubio — the vice chairman of the Senate Intelligence Committee — and Sen. Steve Daines (R-MT) have been lambasted by Democratic lawmakers after they both tweeted images of the Ukrainian leader, while noting that they were currently in conversation with him about the Russian invasion. .

“The Ambassador of Ukraine very intentionally asked each of us on zoom NOT to share anything on social media during the meeting to protect President Zelensky’s safety,” Rep. Dean Phillips (D-MN) wrote on Saturday. “The appalling and reckless ignorance of two American senators.”

“The lack of discipline in Congress is truly staggering,” Added Rep Jason Crow (D-CO). “If a warlord at war asks you to keep quiet about a meeting, you better keep quiet about the meeting. I’m not saying anything. Lives are at stake.”

Just over a week into the unprovoked war between Russia and Ukraine, Zelensky – who has been hiding in various underground bunkers in Kiev – is said to have already survived three assassination attempts. And as Russian President Vladimir Putin’s bloody attack on his sovereign neighbor rages on, the United States and other allies have addressed the question of who could take over should Zelensky be killed or captured.

Rubio and Daines, however, did not apologize amid the sharp backlash from their social media posts. On Saturday, a spokesperson for Daines said his post contained “no identifying information” and the request not to share any images came after he tweeted. And a rep for Rubio said it was a “widely broadcast Zoom call” that included more than 160 lawmakers, adding, “Anyone claiming this tweet is a security issue is a follower looking for clicks. “.

During an appearance on CNN State of the Union Sunday morning, Rubio continued to accuse Democrats of hunting influence with the incident.

Asked by anchor Jake Tapper ‘if it was true’ that call participants were asked not to share images for security reasons and if he felt it was a mistake to post the photo, the Florida senator claimed he had done nothing wrong.

“First of all, she asked for this 30 minutes into the call, after I already did. Second, I think she felt like no one knew this call was in progress “Replied Rubio. “This call had been widely reported and the precise time had been reported. There were over 300 people on it, all call details had been emailed. There was nothing sure about that call.

He continued: “And this photo is just a random image, it looks like any other you have seen publicly. There is no risk posed. But you will always have a few people who will want their name on it. in an article somewhere, or their name in the press.

In another interview on ABC This weekRubio further dismissed the criticism he received, insisting that he did not put Zelensky at risk and that Zelensky’s team’s request did intervene in the call.

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