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Ted Cruz: Obama Handing Billions to Jihadists Via Iran Deal

By    |   Wednesday, 29 Jul 2015 05:45 PM

Texas GOP Sen. Ted Cruz has doubled-down on his biting criticism of a nuclear pact with Iran, reiterating his charge that if the deal is enacted, it will give Iran a $50 billion signing bonus that Tehran will use to fund terrorism.

In a round table discussion Tuesday, the Republican presidential hopeful asserted the deal will allow the release of "billions of dollars under control of this administration" to "flow into the hands of jihadists who will use that money to murder Americans, to murder Israelis, to murder Europeans."

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"If this deal is consummated," Cruz warned, "it will make the Obama administration the world's leading financier of radical Islamic terrorism."

He also chided President Barack Obama, who blasted Republican criticism of the pact as "outrageous" during a press conference in Ethiopia.

The New York Times posted video of the press conference.

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Obama, without mentioning Cruz's name, even called out "a sitting senator, who also happens to be running for president" for suggesting "that I’m the leading state sponsor of terrorism."

"Maybe this is just an effort to push [Donald] Trump out of the headlines, but it's not the kind of leadership that is needed for America right now," Obama scolded.

At the round table discussion, Cruz said Obama had "belittled and attacked" GOP criticism – but never refuted it.

"Nowhere in President Obama’s remarks did he dispute the underlying facts," Cruz said.

"Nowhere in President Obama’s remarks did he point to any other organization on the face of the globe that would be a larger global financier of radical Islamic terrorism than the Obama administration is trying to become."

"Yesterday, I invited President Obama to participate in a debate, I would be happy to debate him… anywhere in the country in the next 60 days, to discuss the substance of this deal," Cruz added.

"If he believes that this deal can be defended, I would encourage him to defend it in front of the American people. If he's unwilling to do so, then he can send as his proxy Secretary of State John Kerry because on the merits, this deal is catastrophic for the American people."

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Texas GOP Sen. Ted Cruz has doubled-down on his biting criticism of a nuclear pact with Iran, reiterating his charge that if the deal is enacted, it will give Iran a $50 billion signing bonus that Tehran will use to fund terrorism.
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