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OXON HILL, Md. (CBSMiami/AP) — Republican Sen. Marco Rubio of Florida criticized the president’s handling of negotiations over Iran’s nuclear program and relations between Israel.

Rubio, a likely presidential candidate in 2016, told the Conservative Political Action Conference on Friday that the president treats Iran’s religious leader with more respect than Israel’s prime minister. Rubio also says Obama’s foreign policy has left the United States weaker than when he took office.

Obama and his administration are in negotiations with Iran’s leaders to curb Tehran’s nuclear program. Republicans and some Democrats have been critical of the attempt.

Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu is coming to Washington next week to criticize the efforts, as well.

Rubio says talks with Iran are foolish and the U.S. should make clear it will back Israel in opposing Iran.

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