Sen. Ted Cruz (R-Texas) denounced President Donald Trump’s call for China to investigate former Vice President Joe Biden and his son Hunter, becoming one of only a handful of Republican senators to openly criticize the brazen request for foreign interference in the 2020 presidential election.
“Of course not,” Cruz told host Margaret Brennan during an interview on CBS’ “Face the Nation” that aired Sunday, when asked whether it were appropriate for Trump to ask Beijing to probe the Biden family.
“Elections in the U.S. should be decided by Americans, and it’s not the business of foreign countries, any foreign countries, to be interfering in our elections,” he continued.
Sen. Cory Gardner (R-Colo.) refused to answer reporters’ questions on the topic during an exchange that went viral. Sen. Joni Ernst (R-Iowa) was also mocked on social media for her evasive reply to a voter at a town hall. And Sens. Marco Rubio (R-Fla.) and Sen. Roy Blunt (R-Mo.) both suggested Trump was either joking or not serious.
But Cruz wasn’t equivocal, asserting that “foreign countries should stay out of” U.S. elections.
“That’s true for Russia, that’s true for Ukraine, that’s true for China, that’s true for all of them,” he said. “It should be the American people deciding elections.”
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