Already embroiled in bad blood with the State Department, Texas Sen. Ted Cruz is doubling down.
On Wednesday, Cruz announced he has put a “hold” on all nominations for State Department posts – including 43 ambassador positions — because of the U.S. response to fighting between Israel and Palestinian terrorists.
The latest flare-up started when Cruz released a list of questions about the FAA’s now-lifted decision to impose a ban on U.S. flights to Israel because of fighting there and a Palestinian missile strike that hit near Tel Aviv’s Ben Gurion International Airport.
While the Federal Aviation Administration said the ban was based on safety concerns, Cruz questioned whether it was actually a political decision made by the White House that amounted to an economic boycott of Israel.
In a briefing with reporters Wednesday, State Department spokeswoman Maria Harf mocked Cruz’s questions.
“It’s ridiculous and offensive, quite frankly,” she told reporters. “The FAA takes its responsibility very seriously. I will speak for them in that case. They make these decisions based solely on the security and safety of American citizens. For anyone to suggest otherwise is just ridiculous.”
Cruz, who called in April for Secretary of State John Kerry to resign for comparing Israel to an “apartheid state,” hit back later Wednesday, issuing this statement.
“The only thing ‘offensive’ about this situation is how the Obama Administration is spurning our allies to embolden our enemies; the only thing ‘ridiculous’ is the administration’s response to basic questions,” the statement said. “Until the State Department answers my questions, I will hold all State Department nominees.”
Cruz could have gone a lot further.
What’s really ridiculous is a State Department hack with a lengthening list of idiot statements on her resume (calling the recidivism rate for terrorists released from Gitmo “very low”; calling Army deserter Bowe Bergdahl’s platoon mates liars) making fun of an American senator with the power to make life very difficult for her boss.
And what’s really offensive is the Obama administration’s insistence on putting juvenile bubble heads like Harf – her colleague at State Jennifer Psaki, former National Security Council spokesman Tommy “Dude, it was like two years ago” Vietor and, of course, White House spokesman Josh Earnest – in front of the American public and pretending they’re actually adults.
With the questionable travel ban lifted, Cruz hadn’t announced Thursday whether the hold will continue.
He might want to keep it in place until John Kerry’s State Department grows up.
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