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 SasseBen SasseThe Hill's Morning Report - Presented by ExxonMobil - House to vote on Biden social spending bill after McCarthy delay CBO releases cost estimate of Biden plan Real conservatives must make a choice MORE (R-Neb.) slammed President TrumpDonald TrumpJan. 6 panel faces double-edged sword with Alex Jones, Roger Stone Trump goes after Woodward, Costa over China Republicans seem set to win the midterms — unless they defeat themselves 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 CruzGOP holds on Biden nominees set back gains for women in top positions Advocates see pilot program to address inequalities from highways as crucial first step Ted Cruz ribs Newsom over vacation in Mexico: 'Cancun is much nicer than Cabo' 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.