“I think President Trump made a mistake with Putin,” Cruz told Fox News host Neil Cavuto. “He should have been more vigorous in that news conference. I think it’s a bad idea for the president not to be visibly and vocally standing up to Russia.”

“Now that being said I think what matters most is substance,” Cruz continued, adding that he is “encouraged” by the Trump administration’s sanctions against Russia.

“We need to continue focusing on defending this nation, and not be in a position of treating America and Russia as morally equivalent — not be in a position of apologizing for Russia,” he said.