Ted Cruz has blasted President Joe Biden’s refusal to ease the Covid-19 entry restrictions on non-US citizens that see unvaccinated tennis champion, Novak Djokovic, barred from competing in this year’s US Open.
Speaking exclusively to DailyMail.com Senator Cruz waded into the mounting controversy with the blunt demand, ‘Let Novak Djokovic play.’
Cruz, 51, is one of several high-profile Republicans to put the President on blast for continuing the restrictions that prevent unvaccinated non-US citizens from entering the country.
Speaking to DailyMail.com, the cohort have branded the ban, ‘absurd’ and accused Biden of ‘pushing for a forever pandemic’ in a bid to control the lives of Americans.
Their comments come as the White House confirms Biden, 79, has contracted Covid himself and is experiencing mild symptoms.
They also come after the United States Tennis Association (USTA) confirmed its stance that, while it does not have specific vaccine requirements, it will ‘respect the US government’s position regarding travel in the country for unvaccinated non-US citizens.’
That statement has effectively dashed any hope of taking part that Djokovic may have harbored.
Instead, the 35-year-old who has just won Wimbledon for a fourth time, finds himself excluded from the tournament despite the fact that according to the USTA’s own stance a non-vaccinated US player would be welcome to play.
More than 17,000 fans have signed an online petition calling for the US government to allow Djokovic to play i the two-week tournament that begins on August 29.
Tennessee Senator Marsha Blackburn, 70, told DailyMail.com, ‘It is absurd that Novak Djokovic is not allowed to enter the USA. No one should ever be punished directly or indirectly for not being vaccinated.’
The senator accused Biden of prolonging the pandemic in a bid to maintain control of the electorate.
She said, ‘The left has realized that if Covid is over, they will lose control over Americans’ lives. That’s why Joe Biden and Anthony Fauci are pushing for a forever pandemic.’
US congressman Buddy Carter, 64, was similarly adamant that Djokovic should be allowed to play in the US Open but pointed out, ‘He is far from the only victim of this Administration’s pseudo-scientific vaccine mandates.’
According to the congressman, ‘60,000 soldiers just saw their pay cut down to zero because of their vaccination status and health care workers are still subject to this unconstitutional requirement.
‘Whether to get vaccinated is a decision that should be made between a patient, their family, and their health care provider.’
For Georgia congressman Carter, the government ‘plays no role’ in the process.
Congressman Thomas Massie, 51, of Kentucky, said that Biden should ‘removed this ridiculous mandate.’
According to Massie, ‘There has never been a moral argument for Covid vaccine mandates, and the scientific argument for Covid vaccine mandates evaporated when we found out it doesn’t even prevent the spread of the virus.’
Senator Roger Marshall, 61, who practiced medicine as an OBGYN for 25 years and served in the Army for 7 years, said that he has always ‘supported people like Djokovic to choose what is best for them.’
He described the decision to bar Djokovic from competing in the US Open as ‘a shame’ pointing out that he is ‘an extremely healthy individual with a low risk of death from Covid.’
‘Simply put,’ he stated, ‘It’s not right.’
Additionally, Marshall stated that there was ‘an extremely high chance he has natural immunity [which] over and over again…has proven to be better than the vaccines alone.’
And Senator Rand Paul, 59, echoed Marshall’s sentiments, praising Djokovic for his ‘heroic stance for medical freedom’ and condemning Biden for ‘banning visitors to US that already have natural immunity.’
Djokovic has also found a vocal supporter in the figure of former tennis-pro turned sports commentator John McEnroe, 63, who was quick to slam the recent playing ban saying, ‘These politicians are getting in the way too much…Let’s let the guy come in and play in the US. I mean, come on, this is ridiculous.’
Djokovic’s appeal against the decision to grant him a visa was denied while officials apologized for the botched handling of the affair.
Djokovic is currently the seventh-rated player in men’s tennis, He has won the Open three times, most recently in 2018. He has won 18 other Grand Slam singles titles and the Olympic title in 2008.
Speaking to the BBC recently Djokovic confirmed that he will not be traveling to America without the country’s permission and said, ‘People still think I forced my way into Australia and tried to come in with no papers, permission or exemption – it is not true.
‘That was proven in the court cases, so I would never go into a country where I didn’t have permission to travel.’
Having said that, that tennis star admitted, ‘I want to be in America and everywhere I can possibly play.’
Yet despite Djokovic’s desire his coach, Goran Ivanisevic, has long voiced apparently well-founded pessimism.
Back in July, Ivanisevic, who won Wimbledon in 2001, told a Croatian news outlet that there was more chance of him making a comeback at age 50 than of Djokovic playing in the Queens based tournament in August.