Sen. Marco Rubio, R-Fla., said it is up to Congress – not anonymous White House staffers -- to constrain the president.
His comments came in an interview on NPR.
They follow a controversial column in the New York Times by an unnamed senior administration official who claimed many senior staffers in the administration "are working diligently from within to frustrate parts of (President Donald Trump’s) agenda" and his "worst inclinations."
But Rubio said: "The way our system of government works, someone is elected president of the United States and he or her picks a staff to work for them. And the people who work for the president work at the pleasure of the president. And if a moment comes when that person no longer feels like that they can serve the president, they should leave the administration. And if they feel compelled to speak publicly about what they saw or disagreed with, they should do so openly.
"What I don’t think is appropriate is to say: 'I’m still working here, but here are the things we are doing to undermine the duly elected president and/or constrain the duly-elected president.'"
He added: "That is the role of Congress and ultimately the role of elections."
Rubio maintained people have to understand Trump has a different style of doing things.
"He’s not a political figure," Rubio said. "He understands and describes issues differently from someone who served 20 years in the Senate…"
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