Sen. Ted CruzTed CruzLewandowski: Top Cruz aide advised Trump team before NH primary Five reasons why Donald Trump could be the 'Greatest Communicator' Victims of Nazi Art theft need Congress to HEAR MORE (R-Texas) said late Thursday that President Obama and some of his closest allies are “apologists” for radical Islamic terrorism.
“[Secretary of State] John KerryJohn KerryIran’s nuclear deal just the tip of the iceberg for Trump Trump needs to stand firm on immigration, 'religious-test' insticts Budowsky: Ellison, Kerry to DNC? MORE, [Democratic presidential front-runner] Hillary ClintonHillary Rodham ClintonDemocrats miss warning signs, even in blue Maryland Robert Gates doesn't expect job in Trump administration Dean drops out of DNC chairmanship race MORE, and Barack ObamaBarack ObamaConfirm Scott Palk for the Western District of Oklahoma Dean drifts behind in DNC race Republicans tried to flip Electoral College voters too — look at 2008 MORE have all served as apologists for radical Islamic terrorism,” he said on Fox News’s “Hannity.”
“It is profoundly dangerous,” the 2016 GOP presidential candidate continued. "As a consequence of the failed Obama-Clinton foreign policy, the Islamists are winning in many parts of the world.
"We will not defeat radical Islam until we have a commander in chief that will say those words.”
Cruz also criticized Obama for publicly attacking his stance on resettling Syrian refugees in the U.S.
“It really is remarkable that twice this week President Obama has attacked me directly,” he said.
“[It is] at a time when ISIS has declared war, at a time when radical Islamists want to kill as many Americans as possible,” Cruz continued, referencing the Islamic State in Iraq and Syria (ISIS).
“It is the essence of reasonableness and common sense to say we shouldn’t be brining in tens of thousands of refugees who may be ISIS terrorists,” he added. "It is profoundly dangerous.”
House lawmakers voted 289-137 Thursday in favor of new requirements for screening refugees from Iraq and Syria in an attempt to weed out extremists.
The results are a major rebuke of Obama’s refugee plans, which include resettling 10,000 displaced Syrians here by next year.
Senate Minority Leader Harry Reid (D-Nev.) is now promising he will rally efforts blocking the bill in his chamber.
Obama repeatedly argued earlier this week that the 2016 Republican presidential candidates are fear mongering over the issue.
“Apparently they are scared of widows and orphans coming into the United States of America,” he said early Wednesday, referring to the 2016 GOP White House hopefuls. "That doesn’t seem so tough to me.”
Cruz responded by challenging the president to “insult me to my face” upon returning from his current trip overseas.