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Rubio to dine with Trump Wednesday at White House

Florida Sen. Marco Rubio and his wife, Jeanette, acknowledge the crowd after he announced that he would be running for the Republican presidential nomination during a rally at the Freedom Tower on April 13, 2015, in Miami.

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Florida Sen. Marco Rubio and his wife, Jeanette, acknowledge the crowd after he announced that he would be running for the Republican presidential nomination during a rally at the Freedom Tower on April 13, 2015, in Miami.

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UPDATE Wednesday: Asked by Gannett's Ledge King this morning about the topics of discussion, Rubio quipped: "Whatever we discuss, I'm not going to tell you."

The senator described the meeting as a "social invitation" and repeated he would not talk about a private dinner.

The meeting comes amid growing questions about the Trump administration's dealings with Russia, and Rubio as a member of the Intelligence Committee will be involved in a probe.

WASHINGTON - Sen. Marco Rubio and his wife will dine at the White House tomorrow with President Trump and First Lady Melania Trump.

The meeting -- as unexpected as it is -- will take place in the Blue Room at 6:30 p.m., and comes on the same day Trump welcomes Prime Minister Netanyahu.

Rubio and Trump famously clashed during the campaign, with Rubio calling Trump a "con-man' and making jokes about the size of his penis. Trump in return savaged him as "Little Marco." But Rubio came around to Trump, noting he pledged to support the nominee.

Since being re-elected, Rubio has taken a measured approach to Trump, notably backing away from a challenge to Rex Tillerson, Trump's secretary of state.

A Rubio spokesman said: "Senator and Mrs. Rubio appreciate the invitation from the President and First Lady."

[Last modified: Wednesday, February 15, 2017 11:33am]

    

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