Ilhan Omar, Ted Cruz clash as senator claims Dems 'outraged' over Iranian terrorist's death

Rep. Ilhan Omar, D-Minn., mocked Sen. Ted Cruz, R-Texas, on Friday after the senator suggested that she and other Democrats were "outraged" over the death of Iranian Gen. Qassem Soleimani.

Cruz was responding to a tweet in which Omar called on members of Congress to step in and prevent President Trump from engaging in armed conflict with Iran.

Cruz tweeted: "According the the [sic] Obama Department of Defense, Qasem Soleimani was a terrorist directly responsible for the murder of over 500 US service men [sic] & women. Why are congressional Dems outraged that he’s finally dead?"

In response, Omar suggested that Cruz was purposefully overlooking the actual nature of her criticism.

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"We are outraged the president would assassinate a foreign official, possibly setting off another war without Congressional authorization and has zero plan to deal with the consequences," she responded. "But of course you know that."

She also tweeted a quote in which Cruz, President Trump's former opponent in the 2016 Republican primaries, cast doubt on Trump's ability to lead.

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Omar also criticized Trump, indicating that he was doing what he predicted former President Obama would do with Iran: start a war.

"This reckless mind is now leading us to war!" she tweeted, alongside screenshots of Trump's previous tweets.

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Both Cruz and Omar sit on the Senate and House foreign relations committees, respectively. While it's unclear how Congress will proceed, the president would need the legislative branch's approval for a formal declaration of war.

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Cruz also defended Trump from rhetorical attacks by former Obama administration official Ben Rhodes.

"Trump may have just started a war with no congressional debate," Rhodes tweeted.

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Cruz responded by mocking the Iranian nuclear deal set up under Rhodes and the former president., tweeting: "Perhaps it would have been a better idea to send him $1.7 billion in unmarked bills, in pallets on planes in the dead of night, so he could kill more Americans?"