Sen. Ted Cruz (R., Texas) directed President Obama to “stop protecting China” in order to more effectively respond to hostile actions from North Korea.
Cruz, a presidential candidate, penned the letter to Obama Wednesday to express concern with his policy of “strategic patience” toward North Korea. Earlier, the Texas senator announced that he would vote in favor of legislation that would impose nuclear weapons-related sanctions in North Korea, which is expected to gain passage in the Senate.
Cruz also proposed fully enforcing U.S. laws, rebuilding the Navy, and deploying a Terminal High Altitude Area Defense (THAAD) unit to more effectively protect U.S. troops and defend South Korea as ways to respond to the North Korean aggression.
Cruz argued that North Korea should be re-designated as a state sponsor of terrorism, citing the November 2014 cyber attack on Sony Pictures Entertainment that the FBI concluded was orchestrated by Pyongyang, in addition to other threats.
He emphasized the need for America to “lead from a position of strength.”
“Your administration has, for too long, hoped to achieve denuclearization through failed diplomacy and limited sanctions,” Cruz wrote Obama.
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