“One of the things I’m not going to do any longer is respond to every comment Donald Trump makes and say, ‘Do you still support him?’” he said. “I do. And I support him because Joe Biden’s a disaster.”
In the interview, Mr. Rubio also denounced bipartisan border-security legislation that contains provisions that Republicans have long pushed for but that Mr. Trump has come out against, saying not only that it didn’t go far enough but that it didn’t even improve on the status quo. “It’s not better than nothing,” Mr. Rubio said after the host, Jake Tapper, played a clip of the president of the border agents’ union — which has supported Mr. Trump and pilloried President Biden’s border policies — saying the bill was “a step in the right direction.”
Mr. Rubio zeroed in on a provision that would enable asylum officers to grant immediate asylum to people who showed a dire need, though the bill would raise the bar for asylum claims overall and close the border if the number of migrants whom border officials encountered averaged more than 5,000 a week.
“They want to turn a bunch of illegal immigrants into citizens, into voters, in the hopes that those people will then turn around and vote for them in future elections, grateful because they’ll know who let them in,” he said.