In an early interview on FOX Business, Texas Republican Sen. Ted Cruz criticized the Biden administration’s response to conflict in the Middle Eastclaiming that billions of dollars have flowed to one of America’s greatest adversaries under the leadership of President Biden.
“You look at these 38 attacks, these 38 attacks came from Iran. You know who paid for the drones that are being used to attack American soldiers? It would be Joe Biden and the Biden administration that paid almost $100 billion to Iran,” he added. Cruz said on “Varney & Co.” Tuesday.
“I would start with a very simple proposition: don’t give money to terrorists who want to kill you,” the senator continued. “This is something the White House doesn’t seem to understand.”
On Monday, a US military official confirmed to FOX News that between October 17 and November 6, US and coalition forces have been attacked at least 38 times to date, including 20 times in Iraq and 18 times in Syria by a mixed group. of one-way attack drones and rockets.
The military official also said that most attacks were successfully disrupted by U.S. forces and most failed to hit their targets.
Fellow Republican Darrell Issa, Republican of California, echoed the funding concerns, writing in a FOX News op-ed last month that Biden’s months-long Iran sanctions relief campaign had totaled more than 50 billion dollars, which “only emboldened Tehran’s commitment to sponsoring terrorism.”
According to Senator Cruz, the recent increase in directed attacks is “the consequence of a weak and ineffective commander in chief.”
“Joe Biden came to power three years ago and he inherited peace and prosperity. And if you look at what’s happened across the world, we’re currently experiencing the biggest land war in Europe since World War II,” Cruz said. “Israel has faced the most significant attack, the worst attack in 50 years. We have a major war in the Middle East. Every enemy of America is stronger.”
America’s adversaries have become stronger thanks to a Biden’s geopolitical position appeasement, the senator further argued.
“This president and this administration have approached our enemies out of weakness. There’s a reason why no one goes to study foreign policy at the Neville Chamberlain School of Foreign Affairs,” Cruz referred to the former Prime Minister of the United Kingdom. United. “Appeasement doesn’t work. And this president, this Democratic Party, doesn’t understand that.”
“Just after Hamas death squads murdered 1,400 Israelis, raped women and little girls, beheaded and burned infants alive, what was the Biden administration’s response? “We are going to send 100 million dollars to Gaza which will go directly to Hamas. “This is madness,” the senator continued. “Stop sending money to people who are killing not only our allies, but also Americans.”
A National Security Council spokesperson said in a statement to FOX News Digital on Tuesday: “US aid to the Palestinians does not go to or through Hamas. and non-governmental organizations. This humanitarian assistance supports trusted humanitarian organizations that are able to rapidly scale up aid. In the West Bank and Gaza, the US government currently supports international NGOs and UN organizations, including the World Food Program. These organizations fulfill a critical role in providing assistance to civilians that would otherwise be provided by terrorist organizations like Hamas. U.S. government partners who distribute humanitarian assistance are subject to vetting and monitoring procedures. extensive monitoring to prevent aid from reaching individuals or organizations affiliated with terrorists.”
Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu launched a plan in which Israel would control Gaza’s security for an “indefinite period” following Israel’s war against Hamas on Tuesday. President Biden has previously said that an Israeli occupation of Gaza would be a “mistake,” although Netanyahu’s exact plan is unclear.
Anders Hagstrom of FOX News contributed to this report.