Terrorists claimed by ISIS attacked Istanbul’s Ataturk airport on Tuesday. Just three days earlier, Sen. Marco Rubio (R-Fla.) predicted the attack.
During a Saturday taping of CBS News Face the Nation, Rubio offered his thoughts on Britain’s exit (Brexit) from the European Union. Rubio said that the United States would continue to have a “very close and special” relationship with Britain regardless, but that it might “strengthen Putin’s hand” against Europe.
Rubio stressed the need for unity among North Atlantic Treaty Organization (NATO) members, saying that Brexit made NATO’s position more important. The attacks in Belgium and France, as well as the “attempted and thwarted attacks elsewhere,” mean that radical Islam, in addition to Russia, posed a threat to Europe.
“So because of all of that, I think NATO takes on a special purpose,” he said. “One of our NATO allies right now that faces a the greatest threat of ISIS is Turkey. I would not be surprised over the next few weeks to see major ISIS operations within Turkey itself.”
In January, Former Army Gen. Wesley Clark, former supreme commander of NATO, said that ISIS weaponry was becoming more sophisticated. Concerning footage showed that ISIS may have obtained the capability to use a surface-to-air missile.
In a Wednesday interview on CNN’s The Lead With Jake Tapper, Rubio reinforced the need for NATO allies to work more closely and to share intelligence: