ALLENSTOWN, New Hampshire — In response to Texas Senator Ted Cruz’ remarks yesterday that he would consult Prime Minister Binyamin Netanyahu of Israel to help build a wall along the U.S.-Mexico border, Louisiana Governor Piyush “Bobby” Jindal said that if elected he would appoint Mr. Netanyahu as special advisor to the Department of Defense.
Mr. Jindal made the comment when talking to reporters at an informal cookout sponsored by the Merrimack County Republican Committee held here today.
“It’s totally irresponsible and disrespectful to offer the leader of a country that is one of our closest partners consultancy work on menial tasks,” Mr. Jindal said. “And Senator Cruz should know better.”
Mr. Jindal said if congressional Republicans are unable to defeat the “horrendous Obama surrender to Iran deal” America will need to deepen its relation with Israel so they know “we’ve got their back in any and all situations.”
“I’m very concerned about what Iran will do three, four, five years down the road when the Muslim ayatollahs figure out ways to fool the nuclear inspectors and are able to finish work on their nuclear bomb. And if I’m elected president, I will appoint Mr. Netanyahu to DOD because he clearly has unique knowledge and perspectives that we’ll want to consider in deciding what to do then.”
Mr. Jindal also told reporters that after Mr. Netanyahu’s speech to Congress on March 3 he asked him to support his campaign. “He seemed interested and said he would consider coming back over and campaigning with us if I win the nomination.”
Calls to Mr. Cruz’ staffers for comment were not returned.
Holleran N. Yellen II reports on dynamics of 2016 presidential election campaigns.