WATCH: Ted Cruz GRILLS Trump state dept secretary on WHY they are giving waivers to Iran to operate NUCLEAR weapons facility

Well this is certainly interesting. This morning Ted Cruz grilled a State Department official, Under Secretary of State Andrea Thompson, on why they are giving Iran waivers to pursue civil nuclear energy in a known nuclear weapons facility, after it was revealed last year that Iran has been in open defiance

Ted Cruz wrote on Twitter that “The @StateDept is allowing #Iran to continue doing research in their nuclear bunker at Fordow, which Iran dug into the side of a mountain to build nuclear weapons. They are unwilling to explain to the American people why they’re doing it.”

Here’s the shortened video he posted on Twitter:



Cruz confronts Thompson on the stash of documents that came out last year via Israel that showed Iran in absolute defiance of Obama’s nuclear treaty. And while she says she has concerns about those revelations, she still won’t explain why they are issuing these waivers for a known nuclear weapons facility.

In the longer video from the hearing, Cruz says that he finds “it troubling that we’re continuing to implement parts of the nuclear deal” and says he wants to know why.

Watch the full video below:

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73 thoughts on “WATCH: Ted Cruz GRILLS Trump state dept secretary on WHY they are giving waivers to Iran to operate NUCLEAR weapons facility

  1. There must be something going on here that has not been released to the public or even Congress.

    I can only judge what’s on the surface, and my reaction to that is that it doesn’t make any sense. But this lies beneath the surface. What are we not being told?….and Cruz for that matter?

  2. I’m glad he’s grilling this stuttering idiot. Of course, no answers… no responsibility… no punishment. When all this butt-kissing of Iran started, only obama was the traitor. It’s pretty obvious to me that there are several others who are equally guilty. She’s evasive.

    Kudos to Ted for being so knowledgeable and persistent.

  3. Love this man! Through all the crap, he continues to do his job…
    I think we should leave people like Ted to find the truth on the Left.
    What we should be doing as a citizenry is ignoring the blab and focusing on what we should be doing which means Demanding the people in DC supposedly on our side and the Constitution, start pushing hard on that platform. Those that can’t need to be thrown out. We must stick together and rid ourselves from the phony conservatives. The Left does it…The difference is that our argument makes sense and is what everyone wants given the opportunity to experience it.

  4. The State Dept would be a ghost town if Trump fired all those in defiance of his policies. However, one would think Pompeo has to approve this kind of thing so what’s going on?

    1. @Squirrelly I think that’s their problem……many of us can actually think and question, including the boss.

  5. Who appointed her, and why is she allowed this position in light of what Trump is attempting to accomplish regarding Iran, by cancelling the treaty?

  6. I think we should just GIVE Iran some nuclear weapons. About five in Tehran, five in Mashhad, a couple in Isfahan and Karaj, some for Tabriz and Shiraz – that ought to do it. That would solve a lot of our problems.

  7. Trump appointee?? No way should Iran have waivers. Kudos to Cruz who has the courage to ask the correct questions and hold her feet to the fire.

    1. It is troubling to me that John Kerry has defied the Logan Act in continuing to have talks with Iran. John Kerry belongs in prison as a traitor, or hung by his skinny neck until dead, for treasonous, traitorous acts.

      1. @karen He’s the second coming of Jimmy Carter. He has no business giving Iran advice on anything remotely related to the U.S. government. I have no idea why we have tolerated this from Carter or Kerry, but it should definitely be ended.

    2. @sjmom I had the same reaction but obviously there’s something going on that she will not reveal in public view. She said she will share it with Cruz behind closed doors. I think we are not privy to the whole picture. She made it clear that the administration knows and it’s not just a rogue State Department.

      1. @kong1967 Appearances can be deceiving. And, explanation and clarification may never be forthcoming to we mere citizen subjects.

        1. @lillie-belle That’s right, and there’s a ton that we will never know and we aren’t entitled to know for national security reasons and other reasons. That adds to the distrust of government because there’s so much that can be put under that veil that shouldn’t be….like corruption.

          I do not believe Trump would do anything nefarious using that cover to prevent us from finding out. He’s not the typical politician that works for party power and other interests. Obama and Hillary….not so much.

      2. I do not trust this girl and Cruz should not share anything behind closed doors,I believe she is an Obama appointee and she needs to go for even suggesting it.

      3. @kong1967 But he clarified that he only wanted her to speak on the information that was already publicized, not classified, but she still wouldn’t answer him directly. She was pushing a load of manure trying to convince him it was ice cream!

  8. Who appointed her, and why is she allowed this position in light of what Trump is attempting to accomplish regarding Iran, by cancelling the treaty?

  9. “ they are giving Iran waivers to pursue civil nuclear energy” Hey! That’s what Bill Clinton did with NK and look where we are now.

  10. The massive majority of Federal employees were there before Trump and will be there after Trump leaves office. Someone like Obama didn’t push through the evil Iran deal on his own.

    Men like Cruz are wisely sniffing out employees far below Trump’s pay grade who possess the ability to shape policy in a sneaky and under handed way. Thank God for Cruz.

  11. The state department is a bureaucracy with immense inertia and career technocrats dedicated to pursuing their own agenda. They’re no different than the EPA, Interior, NPS, Veterans Affairs, or the IRS (remember Lois Lerner?) in that bureaucrats have tremendous discretion and latitude to frustrate efforts by elected and appointed officials.

    One tactic they use is to heavily shade or filter the information they give to appointed/elected supervisors. By only giving them certain documents, they can steer a decision maker into doing what they want.

    This is technocrats continuing the part of the nuclear deal they control because they negotiated it.

  12. There must be something going on here that has not been released to the public or even Congress.

    I can only judge what’s on the surface, and my reaction to that is that it doesn’t make any sense. But this lies beneath the surface. What are we not being told?….and Cruz for that matter?

  13. I’m glad he’s grilling this stuttering idiot. Of course, no answers… no responsibility… no punishment. When all this butt-kissing of Iran started, only obama was the traitor. It’s pretty obvious to me that there are several others who are equally guilty. She’s evasive.

    Kudos to Ted for being so knowledgeable and persistent.

  14. ” they are giving Iran waivers to pursue civil nuclear energy” Hey! That’s what Bill Clinton did with NK and look where we are now.

  15. Gutta be something we’re missing.
    Could be the administration wants that location to be used by Iran, for a reason.
    Could be…..that it will be used to test one of the Pentagon’s new super bunker busters…..we can only hope.
    Or maybe Valerie Jarrett’s Trump’s boss? Naw…..not possible.

    1. @xsnake I agree that something is missing that not only we aren’t being told, but Congress as well. It’s difficult to put forth an opinion when we’re missing what’s going on. I really want to know now.

  16. Trump appointee?? No way should Iran have waivers. Kudos to Cruz who has the courage to ask the correct questions and hold her feet to the fire.

    1. @sjmom I had the same reaction but obviously there’s something going on that she will not reveal in public view. She said she will share it with Cruz behind closed doors. I think we are not privy to the whole picture. She made it clear that the administration knows and it’s not just a rogue State Department.

      1. @kong1967 Appearances can be deceiving. And, explanation and clarification may never be forthcoming to we mere citizen subjects.

        1. @lillie-belle That’s right, and there’s a ton that we will never know and we aren’t entitled to know for national security reasons and other reasons. That adds to the distrust of government because there’s so much that can be put under that veil that shouldn’t be….like corruption.

          I do not believe Trump would do anything nefarious using that cover to prevent us from finding out. He’s not the typical politician that works for party power and other interests. Obama and Hillary….not so much.

              1. @sam At this point I don’t think it really matters. If Obama had appointed her Trump kept her and owns her now (is responsible for). The other point is that she made it clear that she is speaking on behalf of the WH. She isn’t resisting Cruz from her own decisions. She’s taking directives.

                Now we just have to find out why.

      2. I do not trust this girl and Cruz should not share anything behind closed doors,I believe she is an Obama appointee and she needs to go for even suggesting it.

        1. @bigsir74 I’m not familiar with her.

          Cruz should not share anything behind closed doors

          I would rather she did let him know what was going on…even if she tells him in private….so at least someone I trust is aware of it. Something is awry here and we have no idea what the reason is….if it’s justified or not. I’m not suspicious…yet, but if this isn’t resolved by letting Congress know what’s going on I will get suspicious before long.

          As of now I’m assuming there’s good reason why she won’t reveal it in public. We’ll see.

      3. @kong1967 But he clarified that he only wanted her to speak on the information that was already publicized, not classified, but she still wouldn’t answer him directly. She was pushing a load of manure trying to convince him it was ice cream!

        1. @sheerpolitics Yeah, she didn’t want to answer any questions at all. Without knowing what’s behind it it’s difficult to speculate as to why. Maybe more will come to light in the coming days.

    2. It is troubling to me that John Kerry has defied the Logan Act in continuing to have talks with Iran. John Kerry belongs in prison as a traitor, or hung by his skinny neck until dead, for treasonous, traitorous acts.

      1. @karen He’s the second coming of Jimmy Carter. He has no business giving Iran advice on anything remotely related to the U.S. government. I have no idea why we have tolerated this from Carter or Kerry, but it should definitely be ended.

  17. The massive majority of Federal employees were there before Trump and will be there after Trump leaves office. Someone like Obama didn’t push through the evil Iran deal on his own.

    Men like Cruz are wisely sniffing out employees far below Trump’s pay grade who possess the ability to shape policy in a sneaky and under handed way. Thank God for Cruz.

  18. Love this man! Through all the crap, he continues to do his job…
    I think we should leave people like Ted to find the truth on the Left.
    What we should be doing as a citizenry is ignoring the blab and focusing on what we should be doing which means Demanding the people in DC supposedly on our side and the Constitution, start pushing hard on that platform. Those that can’t need to be thrown out. We must stick together and rid ourselves from the phony conservatives. The Left does it…The difference is that our argument makes sense and is what everyone wants given the opportunity to experience it.

  19. The State Dept would be a ghost town if Trump fired all those in defiance of his policies. However, one would think Pompeo has to approve this kind of thing so what’s going on?

    1. @Squirrelly I think that’s their problem……many of us can actually think and question, including the boss.

  20. I think we should just GIVE Iran some nuclear weapons. About five in Tehran, five in Mashhad, a couple in Isfahan and Karaj, some for Tabriz and Shiraz – that ought to do it. That would solve a lot of our problems.

  21. The state department is a bureaucracy with immense inertia and career technocrats dedicated to pursuing their own agenda. They’re no different than the EPA, Interior, NPS, Veterans Affairs, or the IRS (remember Lois Lerner?) in that bureaucrats have tremendous discretion and latitude to frustrate efforts by elected and appointed officials.

    One tactic they use is to heavily shade or filter the information they give to appointed/elected supervisors. By only giving them certain documents, they can steer a decision maker into doing what they want.

    This is technocrats continuing the part of the nuclear deal they control because they negotiated it.

  22. Gutta be something we’re missing.
    Could be the administration wants that location to be used by Iran, for a reason.
    Could be…..that it will be used to test one of the Pentagon’s new super bunker busters…..we can only hope.
    Or maybe Valerie Jarrett’s Trump’s boss? Naw…..not possible.

    1. @xsnake I agree that something is missing that not only we aren’t being told, but Congress as well. It’s difficult to put forth an opinion when we’re missing what’s going on. I really want to know now.

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