Presidential hopefuls Donald Trump and Ted Cruz are planning to rally together on the grounds of the Capitol to “call on members of Congress to defeat the catastrophic” Iran nuclear deal, Cruz’s campaign said Thursday.
The event on the West Lawn on Sept. 9 will show the alliance between Cruz and Trump in the most visible terms yet. The Texas senator has been one of only a few Republican presidential candidates to not criticize Trump, repeatedly declining for months to distance himself from his incendiary rhetoric or policy positions. Cruz has positioned himself in lockstep with the businessman most notably on Trump’s immigration platform, endorsing his push last week to end automatic birthright citizenship.
But it is foreign policy, not immigration, that will bring the two side by side. The Iran deal — which Cruz has vowed to “rip to shreds” on his first day in office — will be the primary item on Congress’s agenda when it returns from its summer recess, but in contrast to Cruz, Trump has merely pledged to strictly “police” the contract.