Late. Ted CruzRafael (Ted) Edward CruzSunday shows preview: Russia-Ukraine crisis dominates as White House is ‘convinced’ of an invasion GOP senator faces challenge on Trump credentials The Hill’s Morning Report – One day, two continents, words of war MORE (R-Texas) blasted President BidenJoe Biden Ukrainian president presses for preemptive sanctions against Russia New Mexico rep to introduce bill offering asylum to Canadian truckers protesting vaccine mandates Ocasio-Cortez claps back after Tucker Carlson refers to her as ‘entitled white lady’ MORE on Sunday for what he described as his enabling of Russia’s aggression toward Ukraine, saying Biden’s presidency was the “best thing” that had happened for Russian President Vladimir PutinVladimir Vladimirovich Putin Ukrainian president presses for preemptive sanctions against Russia Biden to convene National Security Council meeting on Ukraine 5 things to know today about the Russia-Ukraine crisis MORE.
Fox News Channel anchor Bill Hemmer asked Cruz during an appearance on “Fox News Sunday” if he believes the White House’s approach to the situation at the Ukrainian border has worked so far.
“No, it has not worked at all. If you look at what the Ukrainians want, they’ve been very explicit,” Cruz said. “They’ve asked the United States explicitly, ‘Put sanctions on Nord Stream 2, right now, today.’ “Joe Biden could do that this morning. He refuses to do it. And they said, number two, provide lethal military aid, give us the weapons to defend ourselves.”
Cruz argued that Senate support for sanctions against the Nord Stream 2 pipeline has changed solely because of who is sitting in the Oval Office and accused Democrats of voting “in favor” of Russia.
“Joe Biden came to Capitol Hill and personally lobbied Democratic senators to vote against Russian sanctions. That’s why we’re facing this invasion. I gotta say Bill, Joe Biden becoming president is the best thing that ever happened, tragically, for Vladimir Putin, “said Cruz.
The Biden administration has vowed to issue “unprecedented” and “crippling” sanctions against Russia if it invades Ukraine. On Saturday, Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky called on Western governments to issue preemptive sanctions against Moscow.
Biden said last week that he was “convinced” that Russia was planning on invading Ukraine, though members of his administration have said that diplomatic paths toward deescalation are still on the table.