Rubio: I have 'disagreement' with White House on approach to human rights issues

Sen. Marco RubioMarco Antonio RubioAnother VPOTUS tries for POTUS: What does history tell us? Tensions swirl around Iran as administration to brief Congress Tensions swirl around Iran as administration to brief Congress MORE (R-Fla.) on Sunday said he and the White House have a different approach on how to deal with human rights issues.

During an interview on CNN's "State of the Union," Rubio was asked about a an excerpt of President Trump's remarks in Saudi Arabia in which he is expected to say: "We are not here to lecture — we are not here to tell other people how to live, what to do, who to be, or how to worship. Instead, we are here to offer partnership — based on shared interests and values — to pursue a better future for us all."

"That would not have been a part of the speech that I would have delivered," Rubio said during the interview.

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"I think it's in our national security interest to advocate for democracy and freedom and human rights ... The White House and I have a different approach on the issue of human rights."

Rubio said he is much more forceful and vocal about criticizing countries for their human rights records.

"The White House is convinced they can get better results by addressing those issues in private, one-on-one," he said.

"We just have a disagreement on the right way to approach it. They have their approach and I have mine, but he's the president, and so our hope is that they will at least continue to raise these issues in private," he continued.

"But we just have a difference in approach, there's no doubt," he said.