“I recognize that Barack Obama does not wish to defend this country. He may have been tired of war, but our enemies are not tired of killing us,” Cruz said in a “Fox and Friends” interview.
“They are getting stronger. Every region on Earth has gotten worse under the Obama-Clinton foreign policy.”
Cruz, a 2016 Republican presidential candidate, accused the president of ignoring the threats posed by the Islamic State in Iraq and Syria (ISIS) in light of a coordinated set of attacks in Paris on Friday.
He said Obama and Hillary Clinton, the leading Democratic presidential candidate, are “ideologues” who “don’t recognize that enemies of America want to kill us.”
Cruz’s interview came after an attack in Paris left at least 129 people dead Friday. ISIS has claimed responsibility for the attack.
Cruz said as president, he would focus on attacking and destroying ISIS and other terrorist groups.
He also criticized the Obama administration’s decision to take in up to 10,000 Syrian refugees over the next year, saying that they should instead be resettled in the Middle East, "in majority Muslim countries.”