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Cruz, Accused: Sources Say Ted is Trying to ‘Undermine’ National Security

According to a new report in the New York Times, Sen. Ted Cruz (R-TX) has been delaying dozens of appointments to the State Department, leaving multiple potential appointees in a holding pattern in a deliberate attempt to undermine President Joe Biden.

Now, one Democratic senator is saying Cruz’s power play is both “unprecedented in its scope” and is also putting the nation’s security at risk.

WASHINGTON, DC – APRIL 22: Senate Judiciary Committee member Sen. Ted Cruz (R-TX) holds a news conference to voice his opposition to adding justices to the U.S. Supreme Court outside the court’s building on April 22, 2021 in Washington, DC. The White House has formed a commission to study possible changes to the Supreme Court, including adding seats or instituting term limits. “The road to anarchy is being paved by this agenda,” Sen. Lindsey Graham (R-SC) said during the news conference and warned that changing the makeup of the court or doing away with the filibuster will “destroy this country.” (Photo by Chip Somodevilla/Getty Images)

The article indicates that Cruz appears to be leaning on his “disagreements” with the Biden administration over the Nord Stream 2 pipeline that will transport gas from Russia to Germany. By doing so, Cruz is being accused of trying to raise his political profile once again as he looks toward the 2024 GOP presidential nomination race. The Times reports, “While Mr. Cruz cannot entirely block Mr. Biden’s State Department nominees, he has greatly slowed the process by objecting to the Senate’s traditional practice of confirming uncontroversial nominees by ‘unanimous consent.’ His tactic means that each nominee requires hours of Senate floor time while other major priorities, including President Biden’s domestic spending agenda, compete for attention.”

Sen. Bob Menendez (D-NJ) the head of the Senate Foreign Relations Committee, scorched Cruz when talking about his obstructionism. “It’s really an undermining of the nation’s national security process,” he explained. “What we have here is an unprecedented, blanketed holding of all nominees — regardless of whether they have anything to do with the policy issues at stake. That is not something I have seen in 30 years of doing foreign policy work,” before adding again, “This is unprecedented.”

Menendez’s colleague, Senator Christopher Murphy (D-CT), was considerably more blunt in his appraisal of Cruz’s motives. “We can give him the benefit of the doubt that his goal is to micromanage U.S. foreign policy,” he stated before adding, “This is not about his objection to Nord Stream 2. This is to get a lot of eyeballs from a fight with President Biden.”

 

 



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