Sen. Ted Cruz and Karine Jean-Pierre Go Toe to Toe…Cruz Challenged and Jean Pierre Refused
Sen. Ted Cruz (R-TX) delivered a challenge to White House Press Secretary Karine Jean-Pierre, and she did not like it very much.
Cruz wanted Jean-Pierre to get a better understanding of her administration’s actions, so he said in an interview with Fox News, “I’m going to give a challenge, Karine Jean-Pierre, right now… come to this border. Spend 60 minutes, one hour, with me and the Border Patrol union. We will encounter dozens, if not hundreds, of illegal immigrants coming across. And if we don’t, let’s bring the entire White House press corps, and one of two things will happen: If we don’t encounter anyone, I’ll stand up and say, ‘I was wrong.’”
The White House Press Secretary has continually said that illegal migrants are not crossing the border, but she has never been there to see herself.
Cruz continued in his challenge, ”But when we encounter hundreds of people crossing, do you have the courage and integrity to stand in front of the press corps you’re lying to and say, ‘I lied to you’? That’s what an honest White House press secretary would say.”
After Jean-Pierre refused his challenge, Cruz said, “There are two and only two possibilities… either she is deliberately ignorant — she has no idea what’s happening at the border — or she’s deliberately lying. There’s not a third possibility. It is one or the other.”
The Texas senator is not giving up, he made the invitation again, “So, I’m gonna make an invitation right now to Karine Jean-Pierre,” Cruz added. “If you believe it’s not happening that people are walking across the border, Karine, I invite you, come to Texas. Come to the Rio Grande Valley, spend one hour on the border, and I promise you, you and I will see dozens, if not hundreds, of people walking across the border.”
The press secretary responded by saying, “One thing I will say is, I certainly don’t need lectures or invitations from Republicans about the border or border policies, and I certainly won’t take advice on the border from anyone who voted against securing [a] record level of funding for the Department of Homeland Security.”