U.S. Republican Presidential candidate Ted Cruz says the capture of ten U.S. sailors by Iran is ''a direct consequence of the weakness of the Obama-Clinton foreign policy.'' Rough Cut (no reporter narration).
ROUGH CUT (NO REPORTER NARRATION) U.S. Republican presidential candidate Ted Cruz on Wednesday told supporters at a campaign rally in South Carolina that the capture of U.S. sailors by Iranians in the Gulf were a "consequence" of current U.S. foreign policy. Iran freed ten U.S. sailors on Wednesday a day after detaining them aboard two U.S. Navy patrol boats in the Gulf, bringing a swift end to an incident that had rattled nerves shortly before the expected implementation of a landmark nuclear accord. "Friends don't take friends hostage. We give thanks that those sailors have come home," Cruz said. "The fact that they were captured in the first place is a direct of the direct consequence of the weakness of the Obama-Clinton foreign policy." Iran's Islamic Revolutionary Guard Corps (IRGC) said it had released the sailors after determining they had entered Iranian territorial waters by mistake. The sailors were later taken ashore by U.S. Navy aircraft, while other sailors took charge of the boats and headed towards Bahrain, their original destination. The Pentagon said there were no indications the sailors were harmed while in Iranian custody.