If the White House orders a domestic travel ban because of the spread of COVID-19 variants in states like Florida and California, that would be "unconstitutional" and will be "challenged successfully," Sen. Marco Rubio said Thursday.
"The day after Donald Trump issued a travel ban on China, Joe Biden said it was no time for his xenophobia," the Florida Republican said on Fox News' "Fox and Friends," adding that the president reportedly considering a travel ban in the United States is hypocritical.
New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo came under fire when he proposed a travel ban in the earlier days of the pandemic, but now the White House is showing that there has been a "double standard," said Rubio.
He also pointed out that Florida had "exceeded" other places numbers in infection and hospital rates, vaccine distribution, and more.
Meanwhile, the Biden administration is now looking at having schools open at maybe just one day a week, according to a statement from Press Secretary Jen Psaki on Tuesday, prompting Rubio to accuse the White House of "moving the goalposts."
"He doesn't control schools," said Rubio. "The most he can do is put pressure, to do that he has to take on the teachers union which is a core part, he doesn't want to do it. What they did was go out and find what most school districts are already doing and say that is the goal so we can claim victory and redefine would opening schools means, they define it as something that is happening that they can claim they did."
Rubio also commented on the testimony being presented in the impeachment trial against former President Donald Trump, acknowledging that the Jan. 6 attack on the Capitol was "outrageous, criminal, and deadly" and that it could have been worse.
However, he said that the question is whether an impeachment, which is designed to remove a president from office, is appropriate in this case.
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