The foreign policy of President Barack Obama is based on "wishful thinking" that's made the United States less safe than when the president first took office, Sen. Marco Rubio said Wednesday.
"If you understand what this Obama administration's approach to foreign policy [is], it's not based on truth. It's based on wishful thinking," Rubio, a Florida Republican, told Fox News' "America's Newsroom."
Differences between lawmakers on Capitol Hill and the White House came into full view Tuesday in a tense exchange between Republican Ariz. Sen. John McCain and Secretary of State John Kerry during a hearing of the Senate's Committee on Foreign Relations.
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McCain charged the foreign policy of the Obama administration was reaching a "trifecta" of failed initiatives in the Middle East, Syria, and Russia. Kerry defended the administration's policies, and specifically pointed to talks between the Palestinians and Israelis, who he said want to "continue to negotiate."
Rubio said McCain's comments were "right on point." The White House based it's foreign policy on "theories that if the U.S. somehow steps back from the global stage and became more of a junior partner in all of these endeavors, that the world would become more stable," he said.
The result, Rubio said, has created a vacuum that has been filled by "tyrants like China, Russia, Iran, al-Qaida, and others who are trying to fill that void with their own ambitions and with their own desires at the expense of the free world."
Rubio said the policies have made the United States "less safe today than when President Obama took office." He listed turmoil in countries around the world, including Asia, Europe, Latin America, and the Middle East.
"In Asia, our allies are increasingly unsure about our ability to counter both North Korea and Chinese expansionism," he said.
In Europe, Rubio said there are "real tests of the NATO alliance, given Russia's aggressiveness." He explained that Latin America is experiencing "a retreat of democratic order."
Iran is quickly becoming a "nuclear weapons power" because "the U.S. has apparently agreed to allow them the capability to enrich," he said.
Rubio also pointed to the spread of al-Qaida and the threat it poses to the United States.
"Al-Qaida has now spread to 14 different countries, and is actively continuing to plot against U.S. interests around the world and here in the homeland," Rubio said. "Other than that, things are going well, I suppose."
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