“Sen. Ted Cruz (R-Texas) slammed Obama’s decision to reopen the U.S. embassy in Cuba, suggesting that it was a “slap in the face” to Israel. The administration announced on Wednesday that it has told lawmakers that a deal has been reached to re-establish diplomatic ties with Cuba and reopen embassies. Cruz, who is running for president, called Obama’s announcement “unacceptable and a slap in the face of a close ally that the United States will have an embassy in Havana before one in Jerusalem.”
“The United States currently has an embassy in Tel Aviv, but Cruz has repeatedly called for the embassy to be moved to Jerusalem. The Texas Republican, as well as Sen. Marco Rubio (R-Fla.), have backed legislation that would scrap a national security waiver that allows the administration to bypass a 1995 law to relocate the embassy to Jerusalem.
Cruz also said: “It’s an outright dumb decision, even though I can remotely sympathize with what Obama is trying to do. However, Cuba has never been a friendly country and somehow I get the feeling that that’s not going to change no matter how good the diplomatic relations between us become.” However, the Republican presidential candidate also offered another solution to the problem.
“I am sad to say it’s a done deal, and there’s no going back,” Cruz elaborated, and added, “We Americans stand by what we say, and our friends, as well as our enemies need to know that. However, in the interest of making the best out of a dire situation, I have to say I feel my father, Raphael Cruz, would make for an ideal U.S. Ambassador in Cuba.”
“It’s the perfect solution,” Cruz opined. “My father was born in Cuba and his mindset is not that different from the Cuban, which is to say there is a greater chance Cubans would perhaps welcome him as one of their own. And I know what people think about that: ‘There goes that idiot Ted Cruz again, trying to set his dad up with the perfect job.’ But it’s not like that, I actually think he could benefit U.S. interests in Cuba. After all, our country is in a time of need and what it needs is all the help it can get.”