“I’m a little bit worried that we’re going to lose the people we have on the front lines of this fight,” Senator Marco Rubio (R-FL) told CNN’s Chris Cuomo on Tuesday.
“We have to start putting together a team.”
Rubio’s remarks came just a day after the New Yorker’s Ryan Lizza reported that he was preparing to nominate two of Trump’s top aides, White House senior adviser Stephen Miller and White House legislative affairs director Matt House, to be his administration’s top two policy advisers.
“I don’t think they’re going anywhere, but they have to get into the Cabinet and the president wants to have a team that has a good sense of what the president needs,” Rubio told Cuomo.
“They’ve got to be somebody who has a lot of experience, somebody who can actually think through what we need to do, because this is not a small thing.”
Rubio, who has also floated the idea of creating a Trump-style commission to investigate Russian interference in the 2016 election, said on Tuesday that he does not plan to seek reelection in 2018.
“This is a year that we need people who are able to put together a cabinet, who can be the experts in the White House on a lot things, and I think that will be the right thing to do,” Rubio said.
“So I think I’m going to make sure that I get a great team.”
While he has not publicly discussed his pick for deputy attorney general, House said he is not going to be the first White House official to take the position.
“The president wants me to go into the private sector, but I’ve said I’m not going into the White Houses private sector,” House told Cuomo on Monday.
“It’s not something I’m interested in doing.”