Sen. Ted CruzTed CruzTrump's America: Businessmen in, bureaucrats out When Trump says 'Make America Great Again,' he means it Booker is taking orders from corporate pharmaceuticals 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 KerryKerry and his dog stroll through women's march Trump fails to mention Clinton in inaugural address Hillary Clinton under microscope at inauguration MORE, [Democratic presidential front-runner] Hillary ClintonHillary Rodham ClintonFranken emerges as liberal force in hearings SNL honors Obama with emotional musical tribute Trump: Why didn't protesters vote? MORE, and Barack ObamaBarack ObamaWomen's march was second-busiest day in Metro history Conway: Spicer used 'alternative facts' in press briefing Schumer ready to leave Supreme Court seat open 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.