Republican presidential candidate Sen. Ted Cruz on Sunday took aim at President Obama’s foreign policy in the wake of the Brussels terror bombings, calling the president’s policies a “manifest disaster” and saying the U.S. “needs a commander in chief who will lead.”
Cruz has specifically targeted Obama’s plans to allows refugees from war-torn Syria into the United States and has argued that U.S. law enforcement should have more authority to “patrol and secure” Muslim neighborhoods before their residents become radicalized.
“Enough is enough,” Cruz told “Fox News Sunday.” “We need a commander in chief who will protect this nation. … This is a policy of weakness and appeasement.”
Cruz also said Europe’s immigration policies, which have allowed millions of Muslim refugees to enter the region, have created a “hotbed of racialization.”
“We cannot become Europe,” he said.
Cruz said that in calling for stepped-up policing in Muslim neighborhoods he meant addressing problems by using “every tool” including law enforcement, the military abroad and the country’s national security and intelligence communities.
He added that Trump’s recent suggestion that the U.S. withdraw from NATO would be a huge mistake and shows his “lack of understanding” of foreign policy. He claimed such a move would be a “massive victory” for both Russian President Vladimir Putin and ISIS.
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