Pitbull says friendships with Marco Rubio and Jeb Bush are ‘priceless’
New York – Pitbull said it is “amazing” to have two Latinos running for president as well as having two presidential candidates from the 305.
The Cuban-American rapper, who has been vocal about criticizing Donald Trump but stays coy about his political affiliation, flirting with both parties but not rallying for either one. He does give a plug to fellow Miami homies Sen. Marco Rubio and former Governor Jeb Bush — though he’s cautious about not endorsing either one.
“I have a relationship with Jeb Bush and I have a relationship with Marco Rubio, and when we sit down and talk, we don’t talk politics,” he said to Fox News Latino. “And let me tell you, Jeb Bush speaks Spanish fluently. He can hang out in the neighborhoods of Miami and they go, ‘You’ve got to be kidding me. This guy is a Bush?’”
While Pitbull says his connections to Bush and Rubio are “priceless,” the rapper said they don’t mean that he is going to campaign for either one of them any time soon. Or any other candidate, for that matter.
“For me, [what matters is] who is the best candidate to try to help what is going on in the United States of America,” he said. “What they say is that if the United States of America sneezes, the whole world catches a cold. So whoever takes on the United States of America is taking on the whole world, also.”
While he expresses respect for Bush and Rubio, who are both Republican, there is at least one political contender he doesn't care too much for.
Earlier this summer, Pitbull called out GOP presidential candidate Donald Trump for his controversial comments about Mexican immigrants.
"For all of the Latinos out there, keep your heads up. And Trump, watch out for El Chapo, dude,” he said during the Premios Juventud, a Spanish-language award show on Univision.
Pitbull said he respects what Trump does as a businessman, but he does not support his campaign rhetoric.
“For what (Trump) is doing and what he’s trying to do, God Bless him,” Pitbull told FNL. “But on my end, it’s not something that I would stand next to, stand for, approve or in any way shape or form, allow that kind of disrespect toward our culture,” he added.