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WATCH: “There Was Nothing Secure About That Call” Marco Rubio Defends Tweeting Picture Of President Zelensky

WATCH: “There Was Nothing Secure About That Call” Marco Rubio Defends Tweeting Picture Of President Zelensky

Retaliation against Russia, Marco Rubio says

When U.S. Senators engaged in a Zoom call with Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelenskyy, they were asked not to share anything from the meeting until it concluded, for security reasons. Two lawmakers, however, couldn’t wait until the meeting was over to post images on their Twitter accounts.

Retaliation against Russia, Marco Rubio says
[Photo by Mark Wilson/Getty Images]

Now, Marco Rubio (R-FL) is defending his decision, saying that it was just a photo and posed no risk. He also says that there “was nothing secure” about the call anyway, since it was public knowledge and had been discussed via email, and multiple people even knew the start time.

“Well first of all, [the Ukrainian Ambassador] asked that [participants refrain from sharing] like 30 minutes into the call, after I had already done it. The second is, I think she was under the impression no one knew the call was happening, and that call had been widely reported. Actually, the specific time had been reported…all the call details had been emailed, there was nothing secure about that call. And the picture is just a nondescript picture, it looks like every other one you see out there publicly. There was no risk posed.”

Steve Daines (R-MT) also excused his tweeting of the photo similarly, according to NBC, saying that he tweeted his photo 23 minutes into the call, and that it was only afterwards that lawmakers were asked not to share anything.

You can see both tweets below:

Other lawmakers, both Democrats and Republicans, did share further photos and information after the call had concluded.

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