Republican presidential candidate Donald Trump criticized Marco Rubio in a speech at Trump Tower on Monday, suggesting he is a “lightweight” who “wouldn’t know a trade deal from any other deal.” (RELATED: Donald Trump Releases Populist-Sounding Tax Reform Plan)
Trump further criticized Rubio and other candidates for taking money from special interests and lobbyists.
“They are largely controlled by their donors and special interests.” Trump claimed, “I’ve turned down millions and millions of dollars from lobbyists and special interests because it’s not the right thing [to do].”
Donald Trump: Look, look, Sen. Rubio is a lightweight. We understand that. He wouldn’t be able to do this. He wouldn’t know a trade deal from any other deal. And what certain people are trying to do is they are trying to take, we just went up in the last poll. We went up two points in the last poll and we continue to go up. In the NBC poll, I think we went from 26 to 29. We’re going up very strong in the polls. They don’t know what to do about it. I built a great company. You’ll see that in “60 Minutes” last night. I built a great company, it’s a phenomenal company with very little debt, tremendous cash flow. I’m finding my own campaign. Guys like Rubio, I mean, he desperately needs money. Ask a car dealer in Florida, ask the people that support him. And a guy like Rubio and others, I don’t what to single him out. You’re singling him out, but they are largely controlled by their donors and special interests and, frankly, more than anybody else, the lobbyists. I’ve turned down millions and millions of dollars from lobbyists and special interests because it’s not the right thing. It’s just not right. And that seems to be resonating very strongly.