During a Sunday interview on ABC’s “This Week,” Sen. Ted Cruz (R-TX) said that with Republicans controlling the executive and legislative branches in 2017, lawmakers must “deliver.”
“We’ve got a lot of work to do. This election was a mandate for change,” he told ABC’s Martha Raddatz. “Republicans have been given the opportunity, we’ve been given control of the White House, of every executive branch, and both houses of Congress. We can’t blow it. We have got to deliver.”
Raddatz noted to Cruz that Trump has signaled he may not fulfill certain campaign promises like fully repealing Obamacare and pulling out of the Paris climate agreement. She asked Cruz if Trump’s change in tone concerned him.
Cruz said that he will work with Trump before warning Republicans that they must bring change.
“If we’re given the White House and both houses of Congress and we don’t deliver, I think there will be pitchforks and torches in the streets,” he said. “And I think quite rightly. I think people are so fed up with Washington. This election was a mandate with change, and the most catastrophic thing Republicans could do is go back to business as usual.”