UPDATED 7:58 AM PT – Wednesday, March 3, 2021
Joe Biden’s choice for secretary of the Department of Commerce has raised national security concerns amongst conservatives.
On Tuesday, the Senate voted 84-15 to confirm Rhode Island Gov. Gina Raimondo (D) as Secretary of Commerce. This means she will manage an entity list of companies threatening national security.
While speaking on the floor Tuesday, Texas Sen. Ted Cruz (R) said “she refuses to commit” to keeping President Trump’s restrictions against Chinese companies spying on Americans.
“In fact, she wouldn’t even commit to keeping Huawei on the entities lists, which is unabashedly an espionage agency of the Chinese Communist Party,” Cruz stated.
Team Biden appears to have made the systematic decision to embrace Communist China.
I hope my colleagues will join me in urging them to instead defend the interests of the America. pic.twitter.com/xCBhsD9FU6
— Senator Ted Cruz (@SenTedCruz) March 2, 2021
Regardless, Raimondo resigned as Rhode Island’s governor on Tuesday after being confirmed to the cabinet position.
Thank you, Rhode Island, for the trust you have placed in me these past ten years. It has been a privilege to serve as your treasurer and governor, and I know the future is bright. pic.twitter.com/Ll9YXTCgRk
— Gina Raimondo (@GovRaimondo) March 2, 2021