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Rubio comes face to face with troops from ‘repressive and paranoid’ North Korea during Asia trip

by George Bennett | January 24th, 2014

A North Korean soldier takes a picture of Sen. Marco Rubio through the window as Rubio stands in a conference room in the De-militarized Zone between North and South Korea.

Photos released Thursday night by Sen. Marco Rubio‘s office show the Republican Senator visiting the De-Militarized Zone between secretive, communist North Korea and U.S. ally South Korea.

Rubio, a member of the Senate Foreign Relations Committee, is on an official trip to Asia that has included stops in Japan and the Philippines.

“There are few places in the world where the stark differences between two neighboring countries is as evident as the line that divides the Korean peninsula,” Rubio said in a statement released by his office. “As one soldier patrolling the DMZ told us, it is the edge of freedom.”

Rubio added: “I believe some day in my lifetime that edge will no longer exist and North Korea’s people will live freely. Coming face to face with agents of a repressive and paranoid communist regime was a reminder to me of how important it is that we not only stand with our South Korean allies but also remember the innocents in North Korea whose lives are being destroyed.”

As described by Rubio's office: "Rubio stands with a guard in what is technically considered North Korea. North Korean guards stand on the other side of the door."

8 Responses to “Rubio comes face to face with troops from ‘repressive and paranoid’ North Korea during Asia trip”

  1. Linda Rotella Says:

    What!!! No uproar ? Rubio on a trip paid for by us taxpayers
    Where is all the noise that would be written if this were the POTUS.

  2. Chuck Winn Says:

    This is a typical stop on the U.S. Forces Korea tour for VIP visitors. Senator Rubio will now probably represent this as the equivalent of a combat tour in his next book.

  3. Wm. A. "Bill" Fisher Says:

    Actually Chuck and Linn, this ISN’T like the typical vacation trips taken as “work” trips by your POTUS and VPOTUS overlords or by most of the radical Senators and Comgressmen you obviously support. Rubio wasn’t hanging out on some beach or pigging out on the exotic local cuisine and liquors as there isn’t any.
    Rubio was actually doing what he should do as one of our Senators and Public Servants in acquainting himself with the actual conditions on the ground. You obviously have chosen to be blind to this due to your evidently own radical views.
    I’m not from Florida, but I’m proud of him and what he’s standing for. You should be too and get past your frontal lobe hostilities towards Constitutionalists. You’ll be happier.

  4. Wm. A. "Bill" Fisher Says:

    Actually Chuck and Linn, this ISN’T like the typical vacation trips taken as “work” trips by your POTUS and VPOTUS overlords or by most of the radical Senators and Comgressmen you obviously support. Rubio wasn’t hanging out on some beach or pigging out on the exotic local cuisine and liquors as there aren’t any.
    Rubio was actually doing what he should do as one of our Senators and Public Servants in acquainting himself with the actual conditions on the ground in a genuinely dangerous area to our Nation and our allies.. You obviously have chosen to be blind to this due to your evidently own radical views.
    I’m not from Florida, but I’m proud of him and what he’s standing for. You should be too and get past your frontal lobe hostilities towards Constitutionalists. You’ll be happier.

  5. L. Denny Says:

    Isn’t he the bravest Senator you have ever seen! His time would be better served interviewing Dennis Rodman.

  6. Scott Cross, Sr Says:

    I just found this source, and I would like to see a little more. I have Q’s about the how, why, whens that float to the top; but I am impressed. Carry on. SCsr

  7. Jackie Says:

    This trip is part of his trip on the Senate FOREIGN Relations committee, not a vacation! For heavens sake. Be reminded that this is nothing to joke with..these folks are paranoid and creepy dangerous. So go ahead and make a joke, as we do live in a free society that permits this, but be vary aware that North Korea is always at our doorstep threatening us.

  8. Joe h Says:

    Funny thing is that, when you even get within 100 yards of the DMZ, You are warned as to not even acknowledge the North Koreans as to it might lead to some irritation to them, and here is one of our representatives going Hollywood in the First Picture… Guess he didn’t have time to serve in the Military in his earlier years so this makes up for it..He’s one would could trade to the North Koreans and come out ahead he he..

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