Ted Cruz accuses 'cheese eating surrender monkeys' in the White House of making the world less safe by failing to stand up to Chinese threats to Nancy Pelosi during Taiwan visit
- Ted Cruz addressed conservatives at CPAC in Dallas, Texas, on Friday
- He railed against the White House for failing to be more supportive of Pelosi
- Chinese state media called for her plane to be shot down en route to Taiwan
- 'The only answer to an enemy of America threatening to murder the speaker of the House ... would be devastating consequences,' he said
- Failing to offer a stiff response is making the 'entire world less safe'
- China has launched live fire exercises encircling Taiwan in the wake of the visit
Sen. Ted Cruz lambasted the Biden administration as 'cheese eating surrender monkeys' on Friday for failing to stand up more vigorously to China when a former editor for its state media called for House Speaker Nancy Pelosi's plane to be shot down when she visited Taiwan.
He said the White House was making the world less safe.
Pelosi's visit - the first by a House speaker in more than 20 years - has heighted tensions between Washington and Beijing, which launched live fire exercises in the seas around the autonomous island.
It was preceded by calls on social media for Pelosi's plane to shot down if it did not divert from its course.
'The White House press secretary was asked what does the White House think about this and, I kid you, not their answer was: We have no position on that,' he told an audience at the Conservative Political Action Conference in Dallas, Texas.
'Like what the hell is wrong with you?
'I'm no fan of Pelosi.
'But the only answer to an enemy of America threatening to murder the speaker of the House of the United States is that would be an act of war, and the result would be devastating consequences.
'And the weakness and appeasement that comes from these cheese eating surrender monkeys is making America and in the entire world far less safe.'
Sen. Ted Cruz addressed conservatives at a conference in Dallas, Texas, Thursday. He said the White House was making the world less safe by failing to stand up forcefully to China
House Speaker Nancy Pelosi's trip to Taiwan enflamed tensions between Washington and Beijing. China has launched live fire military exercises around the island
Donald Trump is due to close the Conservative Political Action Conference on Saturday
Last week, Hu Xijin, a former editor-in-chief of the Chinese state-owned Global Times, made incendiary comments on social media.
'The [People's Liberation Army] has the right to forcibly dispel Pelosi’s plane and the US fighter jets, including firing warning shots and making tactical movement of obstruction,' he wrote. 'If ineffective, shoot them down.'
Cruz offered his response during a speech filled with red meat for an enthusiastic conservative audience.
He spoke soon after China raised its own level of rhetoric, sanctioning Pelosi and raising the murder of George Floyd as it sought to ridicule what it said were U.S. efforts to police the world.
Beijing announced it was imposing sanctions on Pelosi on her immediate family in response to her 'vicious' actions.
'Despite China's serious concerns and firm opposition, Pelosi insisted on visiting Taiwan, seriously interfering in China's internal affairs, undermining China's sovereignty and territorial integrity, trampling on the one-China policy, and threatening the peace and stability of the Taiwan Strait,' a foreign ministry spokesperson said in a statement.
A spokesman for the communist government then compared the United States' behavior to the slaying of George Floyd at the hands of cops in Minneapolis.
Hua Chunying wrote: 'We cannot allow the US to take itself as "world policeman" and treat other countries George Floyd whom it can bully and strangle at will.'
It comes as it emerged that the White House summoned Chinese ambassador Qin Gang on Thursday to condemn escalating actions against Taiwan and reiterate that the United States does not want a crisis in the region.
The Biden administration has thrown their support behind Pelosi's trip as a way to promote democracy in Taiwan and have criticized Beijing's 'sabre rattling' and 'unnecessary' military drills.
China ratcheted up its military intimidation of Taiwan yesterday by firing ballistic missiles which flew over the island and landed in Japanese waters
'After China's actions overnight, we summoned Ambassador Qin Gang to the White House to démarche him about (China's) provocative actions,' White House spokesman John Kirby told the Washington Post. A démarche is a protest through diplomatic channels.
Four days of war games around Taiwan began just before 2pm (local time) with wave after wave of rocket launches, while Chinese jets took to the skies and ten warships patrolled the sea.
Five high-powered missiles fired from the mainland flew over Taiwan, Japanese officials said, and plunged into the sea south of Hateruma Island, part of Okinawa. The series of islands are part of Japan’s ‘exclusive economic zone’, which extends 200 nautical miles from its coast.
On Friday, Taiwan accused Chinese warships and fighter planes of crossing the 'median line' that runs down the center of the Taiwan Strait, separating it from the mainland.
The line is an unofficial but previously widely-recognized border that Beijing insists 'no longer exists,' as it tries to exert control over its much smaller neighbor.