Rubio on Trump: 'I’m Not Insisting He Change Anything'

“If we can just sell things to each other and do business with one another and forget about everyone else — it’s a very human and natural instinct, it just doesn’t work,” Rubio said.

Rubio, who just wrapped up a trip to the Middle East, argued that now is not the time for the U.S. to step off the world stage.

“I don’t think there has ever been a period where international affairs has a bigger impact on our economy than it does today,” he said.

Rubio lamented the labels political reporters put on lawmakers such as hawk and dove.

“I don’t even know what those terms mean anymore. It depends. When it comes to Canada, I’m a dove. When it comes to the Middle East, sometimes I’m more hawkish but these are easy labels to put on someone and it makes it easier to cover the story from a political angle but it doesn’t do service to the nuance involved in issues such as this,” he said.

Rubio said most political reporters cover the “horse race” rather than actual foreign policy issues.

“Today’s press that covers this process is not interested in covering any of that. The majority of what I’ll say today or any other day is covered by political reporters who are covering the horse race,” he said. “This is not a slight on political reporters but political reporters cover foreign affairs not from a policy angle but from a political angle — ‘what is he angling for politically?’ So it is becoming harder than ever to have this conversation.”