Marco Rubio isn't going anywhere.
The Florida Republican was in Arizona two weeks ago campaigning on behalf of Republican Sen. Jeff Flake, a conservative who faced a daunting primary challenge in 2018 after he refused to endorse Donald Trump during the 2016 election.
But Flake isn't sticking around.
On Tuesday, Flake became the second Senate Republican to announce that he won't week reelection in a matter of weeks following Tennessee Sen. Bob Corker. But Rubio said Wednesday that he has no plans of backing away from the Senate after deciding to run for reelection in 2016 a few months after losing to Trump in the GOP presidential primary.
"Jeff is a friend of mine," Rubio said. "We disagree on one fundamental issue, on Cuba, but have been able to do so very respectfully and one of the reasons why is because he's a respectful guy and because he's a quality person."
Rubio then went into a long comparison between the Roman Empire and America, arguing that the empire failed in part due to a Senate "that refused to address the issues of the day."
"A lot of bad things got ahead of them and they never fixed them," Rubio said.
He also blamed "the breakdown of societal norms and behaviors," while insisting that Trump is not solely responsible for the current political climate in America.
"Without signaling out an individual, I don't behave like the president, we're different people," Rubio said. "The president has a way of expressing himself and it appeals to a lot of very frustrated people. There's a populist backlash that's not only economic but cultural. I think the overreach of political correctness went way too far."
During his minutes-long comparison of Rome and America, Rubio stressed that Rome was successful because it was able to include many different groups of people in its empire, a shot at certain Republicans who want to drastically reduce legal immigration.
"If the ethnic Italians said, 'No, Rome is only for ethnic Italians' the empire would have never held on,'" Rubio said.
Rubio argued that his willingness to work with Trump on issues like Venezuela and Cuba gives him ability to positively influence policy changes, and that simply criticizing the president isn't a productive way to govern.
"I have disagreements with the White House and I have been able to address some of them privately and a couple of them more publicly, whether it was the initial response in Puerto Rico or some of the foreign policy issues in different parts of the world," Rubio said. "But my view is this: 95 percent of what is going to happen to me today, I cannot control. What I can control is how I react to what happens. And what I’ve chosen to do more than ever is focus like a laser on the things that I can control and get done."
Rubio also made a comment on Twitter, the President's chosen medium of communication.
"Twitter is a vehicle for people to put online what they used to put in the bathroom stall," Rubio said.