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What did Marco Rubio say in Spanish in front of Trump? Let him tell you.

Sen. Marco Rubio arrives to show support for President Donald Trump in Miami in 2017.
Sen. Marco Rubio arrives to show support for President Donald Trump in Miami in 2017. ctrainor@miamiherald.com

Who needs an interpreter?

Sen. Marco Rubio helped out the Spanish speakers on Monday during President Donald Trump's roundtable discussion about his new tax plan.

The majority of the talk at Bucky Dent Park in Hialeah was conducted in English but when mentioning how tough on Cuba he was, Trump put on a bit of an accent. He pronounced Cuba correctly (koo-bah).

The table was soon open to Rubio, R-Florida, who Trump called a "great friend."

"Are there any Hispanics in the room?" the president asked to cheers. And there were.

The Miami politician thanked Trump for his child tax credit by saving American families "millions." He then asked Trump's permission to switch languages and asked if he could help the Spanish reporters covering the event.

"If I may for 15 seconds," said Rubio, "for a lot of those people who are covering this in Spanish to do this, rather than let them use an interpreter."

"Sure," Trump consented.

After Rubio finished repeating what he said about the child tax credit, he received a giant round of applause and a standing ovation.

The president approved.

Well, "I was going to ask, 'Is he better in English or in Spanish?'" said Trump, laughing. "They didn't stand for it in the English. They stood for the Spanish. So I don't have to ask. It was very good, actually."

Rubio volleyed back jokingly: "I just said they saved a bunch of money by switching to Geico."

"Very good," Trump repeated.

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