Sen. Marco Rubio said that having the U.S. interpreter present at Trump's closed-door meeting with Vladimir Putin testify about what was said would not be practical.

Democratic Sen. Jeanne Shaheen (N.H.) stated that she is calling for a hearing with the interpreter to uncover what the two leaders discussed privately.

"If you did that, then no one would ever serve as an interpreter in the future," Rubio (R-Fla.) said on "America's Newroom," adding that doing so would assert privilege.

Trump and the Russian president met in a historic summit Monday in Finland, after which Trump came under fire for remarks he made that cast doubt on the U.S. intelligence community's conclusions about Russia's meddling in the 2016 election.


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Rubio also said Wednesday that he believes Putin aimed to thrust whomever succeeded Barack Obama as president into controversy.

"I don't think Vladimir Putin interfered in our elections," Rubio added. "I know he did."

He stressed the importance of his proposed DETER Act, which he said would impose sanctions on anyone seeking to infringe on voting infrastructure or campaigns.

Rubio told Bill Hemmer that Putin has made a living on deceiving those in the west, and that he's continuing to do so.

"[Putin] doesn't care if we know that he interfered because it makes him feel and look powerful," he said.

Rubio said that he doesn't want the Trump administration to make the same mistakes as past presidents in their attempts to mend relations with Russia.

He added that Trump's press conference with Putin on Monday was "not a good moment for the administration," and that President Trump stay in firm support of the U.S. Intelligence community.

"Anything that shows [Putin] weakness is an invitation to aggression."

Watch the interview above.


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