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Sen. Ted Cruz Weighs In On Trade, Russia, And Other Foreign Policy Issues

The junior senator from Texas spoke onstage with Houston Matters host Craig Cohen.


Sen. Ted Cruz speaks onstage at an Aug. 29 event with World Affairs Council of Greater Houston.


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In a recent conversation with Houston Matters, U.S. Sen. Ted Cruz said there are conflicting approaches within the Trump administration when it comes to handling the ongoing trade war with China. He also said Iran poses the greatest security threat to the United States. He described Russian Pres. Vladimir Putin as a “KGB thug.” And he outlined his views on a president's authority to wage war.

The wide-ranging conversation was held Aug. 29 onstage with Houston Matters host Craig Cohen during an event organized by World Affairs Council of Greater Houston in front of a crowd downtown at the Ballroom at Bayou Place.

In the audio above, you can hear a 15-minute excerpt from their hour-long discussion, which also included audience questions and other foreign policy topics, such as immigration and the decision to move the U.S. embassy in Israel to Jerusalem.

Texas Sen. Ted Cruz speaks onstage with Houston Matters host Craig Cohen at an event with World Affairs Council of Greater Houston on Aug. 29, 2019.
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Michael Hagerty

Michael Hagerty

Senior Producer, Houston Matters

Michael Hagerty is the senior producer for Houston Matters. He's spent more than 20 years in public radio and television and dabbled in minor league baseball, spending four seasons as the public address announcer for the Reno Aces, the Triple-A affiliate of the Arizona Diamondbacks.

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