FORT WORTH, Texas — Speaking at a campaign rally at the Fort Worth Stockyards today, Republican presidential contender Ted Cruz pledged his support for Republican front-runner Donald Trump’s renewed call to build a long wall along the U.S.-Mexico border and announced that if elected he would consult with Prime Minister Binyamin Netanyahu of Israel about construction of the wall.
Mr. Trump made the comments at a press conference in New York City on July 4, two days after a California woman was shot and killed in a random attack by an undocumented immigrant who had a long rap sheet and should not have been in the country.
Mr. Cruz told the Fort Worth crowd that he would consult with Mr. Netanyahu because Israel has a historical, world-renowned reputation for understanding mechanisms of border walls.
“From their brilliant mastery of the Wall of Jericho at the Battle of Jericho to their present-day, highly effective West Bank wall that keeps terrorists out of Israel, Israelites have shown unmatched technical and engineering expertise on how to take down and build walls,” Mr. Cruz said.
The Canada-born Texas U.S. senator praised Mr. Trump’s willingness to talk about building a border wall.
“Nobody else has the guts to even talk about it. The American people deserve a wall they can be proud of to protect our jobs, economy, and our safety. And I stand with Mr. Trump as the only two candidates who are committed to building it.”
After the rally, Mr. Cruz told reporter he had conferred with Mr. Netanyahu on building the border wall after Mr. Netanyahu made his much-criticized speech to Congress on March 3.
“I let him know then that I would be announcing the start of my campaign in a few weeks and asked if he would support my candidacy. And because from day one building a wall was the centerpiece of my campaign, I asked him if he would be willing to help us build the wall.”
Mr. Cruz said the Israeli leader was extremely receptive to consultancy about the wall. He also said that Mr. Netanyahu met with Republican National Committee chairman Reice Pribus and other party leaders to “see how he could help us defeat the liberals in 2016.”
Holleran N. Yellen II reports on dynamics of 2016 presidential election campaigns.
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