Wednesday 22 May 2024

Cruz Blasts Blinken Over Biden’s Foreign Policy Failures During Heated Senate Hearing

 Sen. Ted Cruz (R-TX) slammed Secretary of State Antony Blinken on Tuesday during a heated Senate Foreign Relations Committee hearing over the Biden administration’s foreign policy failures.

“You have presided over the worst foreign policy disaster of modern times,” Cruz began in his grilling of Blinken. “When Joe Biden became president, he inherited peace and prosperity in the world. We now have two simultaneous wars waging—the worst war in Europe since World War II and the worst war in the Middle East in 50 years. Both, I believe, were caused by this administration’s consistent weakness.”

Cruz said that the administration’s foreign policy was “precisely backwards from what a rational American foreign policy should be,” including attacking and weakening U.S. allies while emboldening and strengthening U.S. adversaries.

Cruz hit Blinken over a report from The Washington Post earlier this month that said the administration was “working urgently to stave off a full-scale Israeli invasion of Rafah” by “offering Israel valuable assistance in an effort to persuade it to hold back, including sensitive intelligence to help the Israeli military pinpoint the location of Hamas leaders and find the group’s hidden tunnels.”

Blinken claimed that the report was completely false and the administration has not withheld that type of information from the Israelis.

“[Israel is] quite aware you disagree with their plan to kill the Hamas terrorists because you and the president have vocally said it,” Cruz said. “To be clear, your State Department, on the morning of October 7th, sent out a tweet telling Israel not to engage in military retaliation. I called you out at three in the morning, and you deleted that tweet. The next day, you personally, on October 8, sent a tweet saying you’d spoken with the Turkish foreign minister and Israel should not retaliate. From the very beginning, the Biden administration has consistently at every stage told Israel—and by the way, when I called your tweet out, you deleted it again—at every stage, you have been telling Israel, ‘do not kill the terrorists.’ And that has been from day one.”

Cruz proceeded to grill Blinken on the administration withholding weapons from Israel and relaxing sanctions enforcement against Iran, which has enabled the regime to make tens of billions of dollars in oil revenue.



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