Not long before Russia launched its strike on Ukraine, President Joe Biden leveled sanctions against the offending country. Specifically, Biden sanctioned the company that oversees the Nord Stream 2 project.
That constitutes a serious blow to the pipeline that runs from Russia to Germany, and it’s just one of several penalties Moscow is likely to face in the coming weeks.
However, one Republican Senator believes Biden didn’t go far enough.
Many political leaders criticized the Biden administration for the apparent weakness of the sanctions punishment. The White House later admitted the sanctions wouldn’t “stop” Russia.
Other countries around the world were likely hoping for something a little stricter as well. But for the time being, Russia only has to deal with this pipeline sanction.
That’s where Sen. Ted Cruz (R-TX) comes in. He first slammed the current administration by saying that Russia’s invasion is a result of “repeated mistakes made by the Biden White House.”
Then he said we needed to push for something more permanent — something that will hurt Russia for years to come.
As Cruz said during a Fox News interview after delivering his speech at the Conservative Political Action Conference (CPAC):
I’ll tell you what Congress needs to do next week.
We need to come back and pass my legislation to make the sanctions on Nord Stream 2 permanent.
The Senator contends that the “catastrophic withdrawal from Afghanistan” showed immense weakness on the part of the U.S., and now all of America’s enemies have been “emboldened.”
Cruz isn’t the only political leader to make this claim, as former Commander-in-Chief Donald Trump made similar statements shortly after Russia attacked.
Furthermore, Cruz believes the blame for the Russia invasion can be laid directly at the feet of the President:
…the specific reason we saw Ukraine invaded is because the Biden White House surrendered on the Nord Stream 2 pipeline.
Nord Stream 2 is the pipeline that Putin was building to get his energy straight to Europe without having to go through Ukraine.
And the reason he wants the pipeline is so that he doesn’t need Ukrainian pipelines to get his gas to market.
Cruz was on board with Trump’s law that stopped the development of the pipeline. But then Biden came into office and reversed that law, and Cruz believes this was a monumental mistake.
The Senator did admit that Biden “finally, finally, finally did the right thing” with the sanctions. He thinks that penalty needs to be permanent, however.
If they made this a permanent punishment, it would remove Biden’s ability to waive them again in the future. Cruz says every Republican and Democrat needs to band together and get this done.
He wants the Nord Stream 2 to “never, ever, ever go online.” And most importantly: “it’s the only thing that has any real potential of stopping this invasion of Ukraine.”
While Biden waived sanctions against the Nord Stream 2, White House press secretary Jen Psaki claimed the administration “never supported” the pipeline.
If that’s the case, then perhaps they’d have no trouble agreeing to Cruz’s request and making these sanctions permanent.
- Senator Ted Cruz (R-TX) believes there’s only one thing that has “any real potential” of stopping Russia’s invasion of Ukraine.
- This would be to make the Nord Stream 2 pipeline sanctions permanent.
- Sen. Cruz claims Biden’s waiving of the sanctions on Nord Stream 2, put in place by former President Donald Trump, sparked this aggression.
Source: Fox News