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Rubio in Europe this week for talks on 'Russian aggression'



Sen. Marco Rubio will be in Europe this week for "multiple bilateral meetings" with German and French officials, according to Rubio's office.

The trip comes as Congress is on recess.

"Senator Rubio is traveling overseas this week to attend multiple bilateral meetings with heads of state and senior government officials in Germany and France, two countries with upcoming elections who are facing concerns about Russian interference," reads a note posted on Facebook.

"As a member of the Senate Foreign Relations Committee, Appropriations Committee, and Select Committee on Intelligence, Senator Rubio is conducting this official oversight trip to discuss the U.S./E.U. relationship, NATO operations, counter-ISIS activities, foreign assistance programs, and Russian aggression in Europe."

Rubio did not attend the Munich Security Conference over the weekened, his staff said, due to "extended Senate business on Friday."

He'll be traveling with his wife, Jeanette.

Rubio's office has not responded to two emails seeking additional information about the trip.

[Last modified: Monday, February 20, 2017 3:20pm]


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