US Republican presidential candidate Marco Rubio is set to lash out at, Russia, China and Iran in the first major foreign policy address of his White House campaign.
The 43-year-old Florida senator is scheduled to speak on Wednesday at the Council on Foreign Relations in New York.
According to excerpts provided by his campaign, Rubio will unveil an uncompromising doctrine for wielding US military power across the world.
“To restore American strength, my first priority will be to adequately fund our military,” Rubio will say.
“This would be a priority even in times of peace and stability, though the world today is neither.”
Rubio is among the favorites to win the Republican nomination as recent polls have put him ahead of former Florida Governor Jeb Bush and Wisconsin’s conservative Governor Scott Walker.
“As president, I will use American power to oppose any violations of international waters, airspace, cyberspace or outer space,” he will say, according to the draft remarks.
“This includes the economic disruption caused when one country invades another, as well as the chaos caused by disruptions in chokepoints such as the South China Sea or the Strait of Hormuz.