Marco Rubio on the World Stage
Senator Marco Rubio (R-FL) will be rubbing elbows with heads of state as they gather this week in Peru at the Summit of the Americas. Trump was slated to attend but canceled what would've been his first presidential visit to Latin America because, according to the White House, he will be focused on a possible U.S. military strike in Syria in retaliation for an apparent chemical attack on civilians. He is sending VP Mike Pence instead. However, many of the attendees may be more excited to see Rubio who arrives in Lima today and will meet one-on-one with about a half-dozen heads of state -- around the same number as Pence himself. Rubio called Trump's absence understandable but a nonetheless disappointing example of how Latin America often takes a backseat to more pressing national security challenges. As a member of the Senate Intelligence and Foreign Relations Committees, Rubio has taken a deep interest in Venezuela's vast criminal underworld and its potential links to Middle Eastern terrorist groups. He will work with leaders to take tougher action on the country’s President Nicolas Maduro. More here.