In a statement, he added: "We need to immediately halt the flow of refugees from countries with a significant al Qaida or ISIS presence."
NYPD spokesman J. Peter Donald blasted the statement.
Three explosions hit the city’s international airport this morning and a subway station in what the Belgian federal prosecutor classified as terror attacks that left dozens dead, with at least nine Americans among the more than 250 injured.
Cruz wants to halt U.S. plans to bring in Syrian Muslims and vet them more thoroughly.
“We need a commander in chief who does everything necessary to defeat the enemy, and we need to immediately halt the president's ill-advised plan to bring in tens of thousands of Syrian Muslim refugees,” Cruz said today. “Our vetting programs are woefully insufficient. This administration has no means of preventing those refugees from being ISIS terrorists.”
“And it is long past time that we had a president who will acknowledge this evil, will call it by its name, and utilize the full force and fury of the United States to defeat radical Islamic terrorism, to defeat ISIS,” Cruz said.
Cruz also argued, "This is war. This is not an isolated incident. This is not a lone wolf." ISIS has claimed responsibility for the Brussels attacks.
“I will say it is striking that the day after Donald Trump called for America weakening NATO, withdrawing from NATO, we see Brussels, where NATO is headquartered, the subject of a radical Islamic terrorist attack,” Cruz said.
“Donald Trump is wrong that America should withdraw from the world and abandon our allies. Donald Trump is wrong that America should retreat from Europe, retreat from NATO, hand Putin a major victory, and while he’s at it hand ISIS a major victory.”
Cruz added: "NATO should join with the United States in utterly destroying ISIS. And I would note that NATO is ready to act in a way our president is not."