- The Washington Times - Wednesday, June 19, 2019

Sen. Marco Rubio fired off a series of tweets Tuesday attacking a New York Times reporter who criticized his “smiling” appearance at President Trump’s reelection campaign kickoff in Orlando.

Michael Barbaro, host of “The Daily,” tweeted Tuesday evening that he found it “very strange” to see Mr. Rubio, a former Republican presidential candidate, “smiling” at the event three years after he and the president traded multiple insults during the 2016 presidential campaign.

“Very strange, for those of who covered 2016 campaign, to see Sen Marco Rubio smiling and chuckling in this audience,” Mr. Barbaro tweeted.

Mr. Rubio fired back, “As opposed to smiling & chuckling at a rally for a radical liberal candidate for President who will undo policies to confront China, reduce regulations & taxes, defend liberty in Venezuela & protect the unborn?”

Mr. Barbaro’s criticism was mild compared to some of the mockery Mr. Rubio faced on social media for so openly supporting a president who used to refer to him as “Little Marco.” Mr. Rubio became a trending topic on Twitter Tuesday night after he enthusiastically tweeted several images from the Orlando event.

Mr. Rubio responded to the criticism by mocking Mr. Barbaro for his past reporting.

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