President Donald Trump received widespread outcry from many members of his own party after he blindsided officials by announcing a withdrawal of the 2,000 American troops in Syria, defying advisors and defense officials. Trump cited the defeat of ISIS as his reason for leaving (defense experts insist that ISIS isn't totally defeated).
Senator Marco Rubio (R-FL) joined the chorus of Republican voices against the move, calling it a "colossal mistake" and saying "Today’s decision will lead to grave consequences in the months and years to come.”
However, on Twitter, Rubio pointed out one entity that's applauding Trump's decision: Russia.
I found someone who is supportive of the decision to retreat from #Syria https://t.co/SlNs9hrXLG— Marco Rubio (@Marco Rubio)1545256633.0
The presence of American troops in Syria has kept Russian and Iranian interference in the ongoing civil war in check. The two countries back Syrian President Bashar al-Assad, who is infamous for his human rights abuses toward his own people.
For his part, Rubio has been one of Donald Trump's most faithful defenders. That may be why Rubio's tweet didn't inspire too much confidence.
@marcorubio @SovietSergey Have you already picked a Scripture to justify your inevitable move to support Dear Leade… https://t.co/xPVgi7DEHV— Michael Lyons (@Michael Lyons)1545260951.0
@marcorubio @TxsleuthUSA Again I will say you might want to @ the Commander in Chief there sport.— Progressive Pilgrim (@Progressive Pilgrim)1545270961.0
@marcorubio @jaketapper So this is the point where you voice your grave concerns shortly before rolling over and to… https://t.co/B47XdvDLOo— Concerned Individual (@Concerned Individual)1545264042.0
@marcorubio You are simply an observer, Marco. Never a leader.— LT (@LT)1545263415.0
@marcorubio That’s a 🔥🔥🔥 tweet. However, you knew what’s what. And you helped cover for him for two years.— Justin Label (@Justin Label)1545263514.0
Some shadily reminded Rubio that he's a Senator and in a position to bolster his sentiments with actions.
@marcorubio @jaketapper Man, if only we had a separate branch of the US government that could do something about th… https://t.co/33WVc2vEoJ— Lord Stanley of 'Lou (@Lord Stanley of 'Lou)1545261197.0
@marcorubio You should contact your senator sir.— MericanDaddy (@MericanDaddy)1545259502.0
@marcorubio If only there were something a @GOP senator that disagreed with a corrupt GOP @POTUS could do besides tweet— J to the D (@J to the D)1545265595.0
They weren't done.
Rubio has long dismissed the investigation of Special Counsel Robert Mueller into possible conspiracy between Russia and the Trump campaign.
Rubio's tweet pointing out Russia's interest in troop withdrawal from Syria led to many people pointing out Trump's subservience to the Kremlin.
@marcorubio @Prof_Tweeper And? What is your plan for responding to this? What more evidence do you and your party n… https://t.co/xEyecnpAmc— Martha was right (@Martha was right)1545277523.0
@marcorubio @gtconway3d Question to Putin: Did you want Trump to win the election & did you direct any of your o… https://t.co/eQ9pCKMlcZ— ☇RiotWomenn☇ (@☇RiotWomenn☇)1545308450.0
@marcorubio Are you new here? #TrumpOwesRussiaBigly— Helena (@Helena)1545268524.0
@marcorubio Are you surprised, Marco? It's almost like Trump is in debt to Russia.— Dani (@Dani)1545264570.0
@marcorubio And you’re surprised because....?— LHAinColorado (@LHAinColorado)1545278764.0
@marcorubio hey marco rubio just found out @realDonaldTrump is beholden to Russia #GalazyMind— Kierkegaarden Cop (@Kierkegaarden Cop)1545286114.0
@marcorubio I found someone who voted for a known Russian puppet to be President and have the power to hand Syria o… https://t.co/WKeUK0Or7m— Nola (@Nola)1545265431.0
@marcorubio @eriatarrka Then, as a Senator, perhaps you should look into *WHY* the decision was made. It could be… https://t.co/xeawEheTNC— The ReverendWarlock™ Kevin J Byrne (@The ReverendWarlock™ Kevin J Byrne)1545280080.0
While Rubio may finally be standing up to Trump, the command of his constituents remains: Do something.