Speaking recently, Texas Senator Ted Cruz stood by President Trump’s stance on Russia, which he said was “tougher” than his predecessor, Barack Obama, deflating media-driven rumors seemingly intended to resurrect the dwindling Mueller investigation.
Discussing the New York Times’ recent attempt at reviving the Mueller probe, Cruz bluntly stated that, “When you get outside the Beltway, I don’t see anyone concerned about this at all.”
The Texas Senator went on to say that, if comparing President Trump and President Obama’s policies regarding Russia, “President Obama was much easier, was much gentler on Russia.”
Since the 2016 election, Trump’s opponents have sought to promote the “Russian collusion” narrative, which received virtually nonstop coverage from the mainstream media, and, according to new rumors, is largely expected to yield nothing.
For many critics of Trump whose identities have become entwined within the investigation, the impending end to Mueller’s probe signifies the end of of their relevance, leading to what some pundits believe to be an attempt to breathe new life into the issue.
From NBC News:
Sen. Ted Cruz defended President Donald Trump Sunday amid reports that are raising new questions about the president’s relationship with Russia, insisting that Trump’s record shows he has been “tougher” on the U.S. adversary than past presidents.
When asked about The New York Times report that broke Friday — which says Trump’s firing of former FBI Director James Comey triggered a counterintelligence investigation into whether the president was wittingly or unwittingly working to benefit Russia — the Texas Republican said the focus on special counsel Robert Mueller’s Russia investigation is a Washington-centric fascination.
“When you get outside the Beltway, I don’t see anyone concerned about this at all,” he said.
“If you compare objectively, President Trump’s policies to Russia compared to President Obama’s policies to Russia — by any measure, President Obama was much easier, was much more gentler on Russia,” Cruz said.