Sen. Marco Rubio was on Chuck Todd's Meet the Press on Sunday, touching on a range of topics that included Hurricane Michael, missing Saudi journalist Jamal Khashoggi and how the United States needs to "call out" Saudi Arabia or risk its moral leadership in the world.

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CHUCK TODD:
Joining me now from Miami is Republican Senator Marco Rubio of Florida. Senator Rubio, welcome back to Meet the Press.

SENATOR MARCO RUBIO:
Thank you.

CHUCK TODD:
Before I get to the primary subject I want to talk to you about with Saudi Arabia, I want to start with Hurricane Michael's impact particularly to the eastern part of the Panhandle. It does seem as if this was a pretty devastating hit to that part. A lot of people having flashbacks, myself included, to what happened to Homestead. How concerned are you — Panama City, Mexico Beach will never get rebuilt the way they would like to be rebuilt?

SENATOR MARCO RUBIO:
Well, you used the exact analogy I've used. And that is Andrew. You know, I think you and I both lived down here during that period of time. And it's the closest thing that I can remember in terms of Panama Beach and what it looked like. Panama City, I'm sorry. What it looked like when I saw it. I didn't get to Mexico Beach. I've seen, I was at the EOC down there, the Emergency Operation Center. The drone had just come back. So we had the fresh images. And it basically is a total wipeout. And it's hard to imagine it ever being able to recapture the exact identity it once had. It'll be rebuilt. It'll all be rebuilt at some point. But it's going to take a long time. You know, in terms of electricity in Panama City, that whole grid has to be rebuilt. It's not restoration. But I want to tell you what I'm really most concerned about. And I'm concerned about all of it. There are a lot of inland areas, some of these poor rural counties to the north of there. These counties took a devastating hit. And we are talking about poor people, many of them are older, miles from each other, isolated in many cases from roads, including some dirt roads that are cut off right now. We haven't been able to reach those people in a number of days. And I know they're doing the best they can to get to them. But I'm really very concerned about–

CHUCK TODD:
Is there more the fed–

SENATOR MARCO RUBIO:
–that part of it.

CHUCK TODD:
Is there more the federal government– is there more resources you want from the feds here? Is it — is there some military support that's necessary here in order to speed up the ability to get to some of these communities?

SENATOR MARCO RUBIO:
Maybe. And it's available. What people forget here, and I always want to remind them, is when it comes to a hurricane, the state government is in the lead. It is the state government who is in charge of the response. The federal government stands in support. The state government tells the federal government, "We need this, and we need that." So far I have not heard of anything the state government has asked for that the federal government has not stepped forward to provide. Whether there needs to be more, that's something that we'll see in the days to come. But I know the federal government, including the Department of Defense, is standing ready to offer even more if the state says it needs it.

CHUCK TODD:
I know that political norms get erased all the time now. But one of the norms got erased in Florida, which was in the middle of a hurricane coming and hitting the shores, there was always this ceasefire on television. No political negative ads. That didn't happen this time. You had the Republican Party running negative ads against Andrew Gillum. You had some super PACs running negative ads against both Rick Scott and Bill Nelson. Is this just par for the course or would you like to see this sort of put back into place? Should the candidates be more steadfast in taking politics out of hurricanes?

SENATOR MARCO RUBIO:
Yeah, look, I don't think anything's ever going to be the way it once was, especially at the eve of the election. We're four weeks away. My fundamental question is whether politics is standing in the way of dealing with a hurricane. That would be the one thing I'd have a real problem with. And I don't think television ads — whether they're right or wrong from a moral perspective, I don't think television ads keep candidates from doing their job. For example, you saw the mayor of Tallahassee went back to Tallahassee. And the governor's doing his job there. And Bill Nelson, my colleague, was focused on the hurricane as well. Ron DeSantis is not in office right now as an elected official, but his running mate Jeanette Núñez is. And she was at the EOC and has been doing her job as speaker pro tempore of the state, the number two in the Florida House. So I think that's the thing I would look at. As far as norms are concerned, you know, politics is different today than it used to be. And I don't think it's going to go back in many, in many instances.

CHUCK TODD:
All right. I want to move to the disturbing story of the missing journalist Jamal Khashoggi, Washington Post columnist. I know you've been very focused on this. First of all, as a member of the Intelligence Committee, do you know if he's dead or alive?

SENATOR MARCO RUBIO:
I do not. And I don't think anyone does. I think the Turks have a very strong opinion and claim that there's evidence that they're sharing with U.S. intelligence officials. I have not seen that yet. Suffice it to say it's been a long time now since this happened. We know the last place he went into was a Saudi consulate. There is no video of him exiting. If there was such video, I would imagine the Saudis would have produced it by now. And I'm not prepared to pass judgment on something I don't know for 100% certainty. But I can tell you he walked into that consulate, and we have never seen him come out. And something happened. And if he's not alive, then it is the Saudis who would know what happened.

CHUCK TODD:
Do you–

SENATOR MARCO RUBIO:
And it's– go ahead.

CHUCK TODD:
Yeah, do you know if we got intelligence beforehand that his life may be in danger?

SENATOR MARCO RUBIO:
Well, I'm not going to discuss that on television. Suffice it to say that I certainly think that if in fact, it's not, if in fact the Saudis are responsible for this– and we're going to learn that. I truly believe we'll know the answer to that. It's not something that people would look at and be surprised by. This is clearly someone that they were unhappy and uncomfortable with. What I do think is shocking is if in fact he was lured into a diplomatic facility, murdered, his body chopped up, and that they sent a group of people down there to carry this out, that would be an outrage, it would be an atrocity, and there would be a swift response certainly from Congress.

CHUCK TODD:
If U.S. intelligence knew in advance that he was in trouble, do you think we had a duty to warn him?

SENATOR MARCO RUBIO:
Well, I think that's our policy, is if we know that someone has — is facing a specific threat, that we would let them know that. I think in this particular case I'm not sure that he was not aware of it. For example, I'm not sure that he was ever going to get on a plane and fly back to Riyadh or Saudi Arabia. And there's been open press reports that there were efforts to get him to come back and he was not ever going to do that. What I don't think anyone knew, and what I have never seen any evidence of, is that somehow walking into a diplomatic facility in a third country would endanger his life and that's the most shocking part. If this had happened in Saudi Arabia, it would still be outrageous. But that's different from saying in a third country, not Saudi Arabia, in a diplomatic facility, you're going to walk in and then they're going to do that to ice you. I mean, that's — that would be something we've never seen before, certainly from a country that's an ally.

CHUCK TODD:
Well let's talk about potential punishments here. The president said one thing is off the table. He would not cancel any arms sale to Saudi Arabia, saying that that would hurt America more than it hurts Saudi Arabia. If that is the case, how does that not come across as us, as the United States putting a price on our human rights policy?

SENATOR MARCO RUBIO:
Well, I would have phrased it very differently. Arms sales to Saudi Arabia are important not because of money but because he's right when he says they'll buy it from somebody else. And when they buy it from us, they need replacement parts. They need training. They need the sort of things that give us leverage over them. So there's advantages to arms sales that have nothing to do with money. That said, okay, our moral credibility, our ability to call Putin a murderer because he is, our ability to call Assad a murderer because he is, our ability to confront Maduro in Venezuela or any of these other human rights atrocities like what we see in China, all of that is undermined and compromised if we somehow decide that because an ally who is important did that we're not going to call it out. So I will just say this to you with full confidence: if this is proven to be true, there is going to be a response from Congress. It's going to be nearly unanimous. It's going to be swift. And it's going to go pretty far. And that could include arms sales. But it could include a bunch of other things as well.

CHUCK TODD:
Are you — are you — But the president doesn't look like he's ready to commit as far as you just went.

SENATOR MARCO RUBIO:
Well, at some point, like I said, I think when all the evidence is in, we'll see. I saw an interview after the fact after he said those things about the arms sales where he said, "If in fact this proves to be true, there will be a lot of punishment for it." It actually impacted the stock market's view of Saudi Arabia. So ultimately I do believe that the White House, if this has happened and it can be proven, will do something significant about it. I believe they'll do it. I know Congress will do it.

CHUCK TODD:
Alright. Senator Marco Rubio, Republican from Florida, as always, sir, thanks for coming on and sharing your views.

SENATOR MARCO RUBIO:
Thank you.

CHUCK TODD:
You got it.