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Marco Rubio: WH Must Base Plans on 'Reality,' Not Assumptions

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By    |   Sunday, 09 Apr 2017 11:25 AM

Sen. Marco Rubio on Sunday questioned the White House strategy on Syria, saying the plan has to be "based on reality."

In an interview on ABC News' "This Week," the Florida Republican said he believes the White House strategy is "based on assumptions that, quite frankly, are not the right ones."

"I’m a bit concerned about the outlines of the strategy as I understand it. I think it’s based on assumptions that, quite frankly, are not the right ones,” Rubio said.

"This idea that we can defeat ISIS and then figure it out, it won't work," he said. "There has to be a strategy outline based on reality."

Rubio said he hopes the White House will "reconsider" the "idea that we’re going to get rid of ISIS and then we’ll hopefully use [Syrian President Bashar al-] Assad and others to come up with a solution."

"As long as Assad is there, you’re going to have a radical jihadi Sunni element. Even if you destroy ISIS, it’ll be al Nusra and that new coalition," he said.

"These people who have been killed and gassed and human rights violations against them will never accept Assad as their rightful ruler and they will join or become radicalized in order to fight him," he added.

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Sen. Marco Rubio on Sunday questioned the White House strategy on Syria, saying the plan has to be "based on reality.". marcorubio hopes Trump admin "reconsiders" strategy of focusing on ISIS, de-prioritizing removing Assad.
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