On Thursday, reports broke that Sen. Ted Cruz, R-Texas, invited fellow GOP presidential candidate Donald Trump to speak at a rally on Capitol Hill to protest President Obama’s nuclear deal with Iran. The rally is set to be held on September 9 and is sponsored by the Tea Party Patriots, the Center for Security Policy and the Zionist Organization of America.
Both candidates have criticized the administration over the deal, The Hill said. According to the report, Cruz’s invitation “underscores the strengthening ties between the two Republicans.”
Trump, Julian Hattem and Kristina Wong added, has “refrained from launching his harshest barbs at Cruz.” The Texas Republican, meanwhile, has not attacked Trump the way others in the Party have done. Rather than sharply lambasting Trump, Cruz has said he is “grateful” for Trump’s focus on immigration.
In July, Trump said the Iranian regime will become “so rich and so powerful” as a result of Obama’s deal. “Their sphere of influence is going to be spread to lots of bad areas and lots of bad people,” he told MSNBC’s Joe Scarborough and Mika Brzezinski. “Ultimately, they’re going to have nukes all over the place.” Cruz has characterized the deal as “catastrophic” and “disastrous.”
Trump expressed concern that if elected to the White House, he would inherit a bad deal from the current administration. “I love the idea of a deal, but it was not a well-negotiated deal,” he said. “We were dealing from desperation.” Under the current language, he argued, the goal of preventing a nuclear-armed Iran is not possible.
“By the end of the term, they’re going to be able to make nukes easily,” he said. “I hate to inherit the deal,” he added. “I could have made such a better deal.”
Roll Call said there is no word on whether or nor not lawmakers or other GOP candidates will participate in the event, set to take place on the Capitol’s West Lawn. “On the heels of our successful day of activism with supporters, during which protests urging Congress to disapprove of the dangerous Iran Nuclear Deal were held at 185 different local congressional and senatorial offices across the country, we look forward to our next round of protests on September 9 on the West Lawn of the Capitol,” said a statement by the Tea Party Patriots’ Jenny Beth Martin.
Playing off the title of Trump’s book, the conservative blog Hot Air called it a “win-win” for both candidates. “Everybody wins with the anti-Iran rally,” the blog explained. “Trump gets a chance to insert himself into the hottest policy debate in Washington while Cruz earns some more brownie points with Trump fans for having invited him to speak.”