Fakhrizadeh was shot and killed by “armed terrorist elements” while in a vehicle in the town of Absard and died in the hospital after doctors were unable to save him, according to state media. Several Iranian officials blamed Israel for the killing on Friday, and Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu has yet to respond.
Brennan, who served as CIA director from 2013 to 2017, tweeted on Friday that the killing was a “criminal act” and “highly reckless.”
He added that Iran should wait for President-elect Joe Biden to be sworn in, saying it would be wise to “wait for the return of responsible American leadership” and to “resist the urge to respond against perceived culprits.”
He added that the killing is a “flagrant violation of international law” and could “encourage more governments to carry out lethal attacks against foreign officials.”
Cruz then responded to Brennan, saying it is “bizarre to see a former head of the CIA consistently side with Iranian zealots who chant ‘Death to America.’ And reflexively condemn Israel. Does Joe Biden agree?”
Brennan then responded, saying, “Your lawless attitude & simple-minded approach to serious national security matters demonstrate that you are unworthy to represent the good people of Texas.”
The former CIA head then followed up with a series of jabs at Cruz, calling him a “poor Senator and a bad lawyer.”
“My commitment to Israel’s security & my efforts to counter Iran’s malign activities are well documented throughout my 33 years of national security work serving Republican & Democratic Administrations,” he said.
“Aside from his tiresome rhetoric, what has Senator Cruz ever done?” he added.
Cruz responded on Saturday afternoon.
“Gosh, I touched a nerve. Facts matter,” he tweeted. “FACT 1: you’ve admitted, in 1976 you voted for the Communist candidate for President because, I guess, Jimmy Carterwasn’t liberal enough for you.”
“FACT 2: you gave $150 Bn to Ayatollah Khamenei, knowing it would be used to kill Americans,” he added.