Rubio signals opposition to Biden Cabinet picks

Sen. Marco RubioMarco Antonio RubioFlorida Republicans close ranks with Trump after Capitol siege Confirmation hearing for Biden's DNI pick postponed McConnell about to school Trump on political power for the last time MORE (R-Fla.) on Tuesday sharply criticized a number of President-elect Joe BidenJoe BidenFear of insider attack prompts additional FBI screening of National Guard troops: AP Iran convicts American businessman on spying charge: report DC, state capitals see few issues, heavy security amid protest worries MORE's intended Cabinet nominees, calling them "caretakers of America’s decline" and suggesting he might vote against their confirmation next year.

In a tweet Tuesday morning, the Florida Republican suggested that the president-elect's nominees "went to Ivy League schools, have strong resumes, attend all the right conferences & will be polite & orderly caretakers of America’s decline."

"I support American greatness," the senator continued, adding: "And I have no interest in returning to the 'normal' that left us dependent on China."


Rubio's remarks come a day after Biden announced that he would nominate his longtime aide Antony BlinkenAntony BlinkenFor Joe Biden, an experienced foreign policy team Biden selects Wendy Sherman for No. 2 State Department post Overnight Defense: Agency watchdogs probing response to Capitol riots | 25,000 guardsmen now approved for inauguration security | Troops levels in Afghanistan, Iraq hit 2,500 MORE to lead the State Department while former assistant Secretary of State Linda Thomas-GreenfieldLinda Thomas-GreenfieldBiden to announce key State Department and national security posts: report The 'Biden Team' is risk-averse, but capable and ready The Hill's Morning Report - Presented by Facebook - Congress moves to avert shutdown as virus talks stall again MORE would be his pick to serve as U.S. ambassador to the United Nations. Both roles require Senate confirmation.

The Florida senator, who is one of a handful of GOP senators to acknowledge Biden as the victor of the 2020 election, previously ran against President TrumpDonald TrumpIran convicts American businessman on spying charge: report DC, state capitals see few issues, heavy security amid protest worries Pardon-seekers have paid Trump allies tens of thousands to lobby president: NYT MORE in the 2016 GOP primary and is seen as a potential contender for the 2024 Republican nomination.

Rubio attacked the Ivy League credentials of Biden's picks as he has positioned himself in recent weeks as a proponent of the GOP's shift towards targeting working-class voters. Earlier this month said that the future of his party was "based on a multiethnic, multiracial, working-class coalition" of supporters.

“If the takeaway from all of them is now is the time to go back to sort of the traditional party of unfettered free trade, I think we're gonna lose the [Trump] base as quickly as we got it. ... We can't just go back to being that,” the senator added in an interview with Axios.