Cruz Stands By Claim That President Obama Is World’s Biggest Funder Of ‘Islamic Terrorism’

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Ted Cruz doesn’t appear to be backing down from comments calling President Obama “the world’s leading financier of radical Islamic terrorism” for striking up a deal over Iranian’s nuclear program.

“If this deal is consummated, it will make the Obama administration the world’s leading financier of radical Islamic terrorism,” Cruz said on Tuesday, according to Politico. “Billions of dollars under control of this administration will flow into the hands of jihadists who will use that money to murder Americans, to murder Israelis, to murder Europeans.”

International powers are scheduled to lift economic sanctions on Iran so long as the nuclear deal’s conditions are met. Critics of the deal argue that the windfall of $55 billion (not over $100 as originally reported) Iran is expected to receive from the sanction removal will help contribute to the funding of international proxies that the U.S. and Israel consider terrorist groups. On the other hand, supporters say the nuclear deal specifically focuses on preventing Iran from obtaining a nuclear weapon and may encourage the Islamic Republic to change its regional policies.

“Iran can’t go back to being a legitimate member of the family of nations if it doesn’t stop all its activities that are not included in the agreement — its subversive activities, its support of terror groups, weapons proliferation,” said Amos Yadlin, a retired air force general and former head of Israeli military intelligence, according to the Washington Post. “The Americans took a strategic decision … to deal with the nuclear issue as a separate matter and to not tie it to the other issues.”

Republican Presidential Candidate Ted Cruz has followed in Mike Huckabee’s footsteps with incendiary comments directed at the president over the Iran deal. Current Republican frontrunner Donald Trump leads in polls and it appears that Cruz and Huckabee are taking a page out of the real-estate mogul’s campaign strategy by demanding media attention by using controversial statements.

Obama hit back at Cruz, without naming the Texas senator, on Monday during a speech from Ethiopia. “We’ve had a sitting senator, who also happens to be running for president, suggest that I’m the leading state sponsor of terrorism. Maybe this is just an effort to push Mr. Trump out of the headlines, but it’s not the kind of leadership that is needed for America right now.”

Former Presidential candidate Mitt Romney, the man who lost to Obama in 2012, also hit out at Cruz Thursday in a tweet.

Mitt Romney 

I am opposed to the Iran deal, but @SenTedCruz is way over the line on the Obama terrorism charge. Hurts the cause.

But despite taking hits from his own party, Cruz refused to throw in the towel. “So Mitt Romney’s tweet today said, ‘Gosh, this rhetoric is not helpful,’” Cruz said in a radio interview Thursday. “John Adams famously said, ‘Facts are stubborn things.’ Describing the actual facts is not using rhetoric; it is called speaking the truth.”

Congress has been reviewing the Iran deal since July 20 and will have a total of 60 days to look it over. President Obama has said in the past that he would override a congressional veto. The White House is pushing hard for Congress to pass the deal, though they’re facing a backlash from some Democrats and many Republicans.

Nonetheless, Cruz’s comments may be contested by former U.S. ambassadors to Israel and former Israeli security chiefs who have thrown their support behind the deal.

 

Reprinted with permission from Think Progress, a branch of The Center for American Progress 

 

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