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Marco Rubio: Obama is acting like a 'monarch' or 'emperor'

"It's very disappointing that there was not a level of trust sufficient to justify alerting us," said Sen. Dianne Feinstein.
By Aileen Graef   |   June 4, 2014 at 5:11 PM   |   Comments

WASHINGTON, June 4 (UPI) -- Sen. Marco Rubio, R-Fla., said he thinks President Obama is acting like an "emperor" and "monarch" by circumventing Congress.

During an interview Tuesday with Fox News' Gretchen Carlson, Rubio said Obama broke the law when he failed to notify members of Congress -- save Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid, D-Nev. -- about the release of five Taliban detainees in exchange for Army Sgt. Bowe Bergdahl 30 days prior.

"He believes somehow that he's become a monarch or an emperor that can basically ignore the law and do whatever he wants," said Rubio. "And there's a real, growing frustration -- even among Democrats -- at this sort of behavior."

Rubio said Obama even failed to notify Sen. Dianne Feinstein, D-Calif., the chair of the Senate Intelligence Committee.

"It's very disappointing that there was not a level of trust sufficient to justify alerting us," said Feinstein

The White House later apologized to the chairwoman for the "oversight," saying that they didn't give the required 30-day notice because they felt that Bergdahl's failing health forced them to make the call immediately.

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