Sasse statement: Trump nominee who spread conspiracy theories has a ‘tinfoil hat’

Sasse statement: Trump nominee who spread conspiracy theories has a ‘tinfoil hat’
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A spokesman for Sen. Ben SasseBenjamin (Ben) Eric SasseGOP senators introduce bill to prevent family separations at border The Hill's Morning Report — Sponsored by PhRMA — Defiant Trump meets with House GOP amid border blowback Sasse: Trump should end 'wicked' family separation policy MORE (R-Neb.) slammed President TrumpDonald John TrumpGOP lawmakers preparing to vote on bill allowing migrant children to be detained longer than 20 days: report Wasserman Schultz: Infants separated from their parents are in Florida immigrant shelters Ex-White House ethics chief: Sarah Sanders tweet violates ethics laws MORE’s nominee to serve as ambassador to several Caribbean nations, saying the nominee should “put on his tinfoil hat and visit our office with evidence for his salacious conspiracy theories and cuckoo allegations.”

Sasse's spokesman made the comments about Leandro Rizzuto Jr., whom Trump nominated last month to serve as ambassador to Barbados and several other Caribbean countries, one day after CNN reported that Rizzuto had shared conspiracy theories about Trump’s political opponents.

CNN found tweets shared by Rizzuto during the 2016 campaign spreading the unfounded theories, including that Sen. Ted CruzRafael (Ted) Edward CruzSenate left in limbo by Trump tweets, House delays The Hill's Morning Report — Sponsored by PhRMA — Immigration drama grips Washington Senate Gang of Four to meet next week on immigration MORE (R-Texas) was having an affair and that billionaire and Democratic mega-donor George Soros was backing Cruz and former Ohio Gov. John Kasich (R).

"While he’s at it, the Senate probably needs to know his views on the moon landing,” Sasse’s spokesman said in the statement, which was obtained by the Washington Examiner. “I’m sure Senator Sasse will be willing to evaluate the specific evidence for his claims — but it’s got to be more than a stack of National Enquirers.”

“People who want to serve Americans as our diplomats and spokespeople abroad should know that words and truth matter, even during campaigns. Cynics and nuts are probably going to have a hard time securing Senate confirmation," the spokesman continued.

Rizzuto declined to comment to CNN for the original report, citing State Department guidelines.

Rizzuto, a Conair executive, will face Senate confirmation for the position.