Cruz predicts a 'vigorous' confirmation process for Trump nominee who spread conspiracy theories about him

Cruz predicts a 'vigorous' confirmation process for Trump nominee who spread conspiracy theories about him
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Sen. Ted CruzRafael (Ted) Edward CruzCruz calls out O'Rourke for supporting NFL players' protests during anthem Beto O’Rourke: Term limits can help keep politicians from turning into a--holes Election Countdown: GOP worries House majority endangered by top of ticket | Dems make history in Tuesday's primaries | Parties fight for Puerto Rican vote in Florida | GOP lawmakers plan 'Freedom Tour' MORE (R-Texas) said he expects President TrumpDonald John TrumpArizona GOP Senate candidate defends bus tour with far-right activist Alyssa Milano protests Kavanaugh in 'Handmaid's Tale' costume Bomb in deadly Yemen school bus attack was manufactured by US firm: report MORE's nominee for ambassador to Barbados and other Caribbean nations to face a "vigorous" confirmation process.

"I don't know the fellow. He seems to have unusual views," Cruz said Thursday through an aide, according to the Dallas Morning News.

"I expect he'll have an interesting and vigorous confirmation process."

During the 2016 presidential race, Leandro Rizzuto Jr. spread conspiracy theories about Trump's political opponents, including Cruz, CNN reported earlier this week.

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He shared tweets during the GOP primary that claimed Cruz 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 that came on the same day that Mitt RomneyWillard (Mitt) Mitt RomneyDem lawmaker calls Trump racist in response to 'dog' comment Former spokeswoman defends Trump calling Omarosa ‘dog’: He’s called men dogs Cook Political Report moves 4 GOP seats to 'toss-up' category MORE ripped then-nominee Trump in a speech showed the former GOP presidential nominee with the word "dumbass" and claimed Romney, a Mormon, "will go to hell."

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's appointment requires confirmation by the Senate.

A spokesman for Sen. Ben SasseBenjamin (Ben) Eric SassePollster: Attitudes toward Trump's farm aid are 'highly wrapped up' in feelings toward president Poll: Majority of Americans support Trump's plan to offer aid to farmers hit by tariffs Hillicon Valley: 'QAnon' conspiracy theory jumps to primetime | Senate Intel broadens look into social media manipulation | Senate rejects push for more election security funds | Reddit reveals hack MORE (R-Neb.) earlier this week tore into Rizzuto, saying he should "put on his tinfoil hat and visit our office with evidence for his salacious conspiracy theories and cuckoo allegations."

The White House has defended Rizzuto.

Deputy White House press secretary Lindsay Walters said Trump looks forward to his "swift confirmation by the Senate, and is confident he will be a great ambassador," according to the Dallas Morning News.

State Department spokeswoman Heather Nauert on Tuesday dodged questions about Rizzuto when asked about the pick.

"I've not had the opportunity to meet him at this point," she said.

"He hasn't been through the Senate yet, hasn't been through confirmation. And when there is a nominee who's named, we try not to comment on that because that person is a nominee."