According to a Tuesday story in the Associated Press, Sen. Ted Cruz, R-Texas is planning a foreign trip that will take him to the Ukraine later in May. He also plans to visit a number of other countries in Eastern Europe as well as Israel. Each of these destinations are important in American foreign policy. “He'll meet with political, military, business and religious leaders in each country but declined to provide details, citing security concerns.”
The Ukraine and its neighboring countries in Eastern Europe are the center of the greatest foreign policy crisis of the Obama administration. Russia has already managed to detach the Crimea from the Ukraine and annex it. It seems bent on doing the same to some eastern provinces of the Ukraine which have just voted for autonomy in what are widely seen as sham elections orchestrated by Russia.
Israel has been an important ally of the United States in the Middle East for decades, Relations between the United States and Israel have been strained as of late due to perceived Obama administration hostility toward the Jewish state. Cruz recently called on Secretary of State John Kerry to resign over remarks the latter made suggesting that Israel is in danger of becoming an “apartheid state.”
Cruz, though he is still in his first year as a United States senator, is suspected of having presidential ambitions, though he has declined to confirm or deny such stories. He has been a frequent visitor to early caucus and primary states such as Iowa and New Hampshire. A high profile foreign trip is also seen as an early sign of presidential ambitions. It should also be noted that Cruz will be in the Ukraine close to that country’s presidential elections. The Ukraine has been governed by a caretaker government ever since a pro-Russian government was overthrown in February.