Trump ambassador nominee spread conspiracy theories about Cruz, Kasich

Trump ambassador nominee spread conspiracy theories about Cruz, Kasich
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President TrumpDonald John TrumpWSJ: Trump ignored advice to confront Putin over indictments Trump hotel charging Sean Spicer ,000 as book party venue Bernie Sanders: Trump 'so tough' on child separations but not on Putin MORE’s nominee to serve as the ambassador to Barbados and other Caribbean nations spread conspiracy theories about Trump’s political opponents during the 2016 presidential race, CNN reported Monday.

Leandro Rizzuto Jr. shared tweets during the GOP primary that claimed that Sen. Ted CruzRafael (Ted) Edward CruzWashington needs to end hidden inflation tax on our capital gains GOP tax writer introduces bill to reduce capital gains taxes Senators push to clear backlog in testing rape kits MORE (R-Texas) was having an affair and that his wife, Heidi, was leading an effort to merge the governments of the U.S., Canada and Mexico.

Another retweet from Rizzuto’s account showed former GOP presidential nominee Mitt RomneyWillard (Mitt) Mitt RomneyGOP lambasts Trump over performance in Helsinki Romney: Trump's remarks at Putin summit 'disgraceful and detrimental to democratic principles' Utah's largest paper compares child separation to war crimes in scathing editorial MORE with the word “dumbass” and claimed that Romney, a Mormon, “will go to hell” on the same day he ripped then-nominee Trump in a speech.


Trump tapped Rizzuto, a senior executive at Conair, last month to serve as the ambassador to Barbados, Saint Kitts and Nevis, Saint Lucia, Antigua and Barbuda, the Commonwealth of Dominica, Grenada, and Saint Vincent and the Grenadines. Rizzuto would have to be confirmed by the Senate.

Other conspiracy theories he shared on Twitter included that Democratic mega-donor George Soros was financially backing Cruz and former Ohio Gov. John Kasich (R) and that an aide to Democratic presidential nominee Hillary ClintonHillary Diane Rodham ClintonBernie Sanders: Trump 'so tough' on child separations but not on Putin Anti-Trump protests outside White House continue into fifth night Opera singers perform outside White House during fourth day of protests MORE, Huma Abedin, was a member of the Muslim Brotherhood.

All of the theories Rizzuto tweeted were unfounded or have been debunked.

Tweets on Rizzuto’s personal account have been deleted, but CNN was able to view retweets from the account.

CNN also viewed some of the deleted tweets sent directly by Rizzuto, in which he called Clinton “a terrorist with amnesia” and told Cruz to “go back to Canada.”

A White House representative declined to comment to CNN. Rizzuto also told CNN he could not comment due to State Department guidelines.