Ted Cruz Slams Joe Biden Knocking Wood: 'Hoping for Good Luck Is Not a Strategy'

Senator Ted Cruz (R-TX) has criticized President Joe Biden for knocking on wood when speaking about the situation in Afghanistan during his Wednesday interview with ABC News' George Stephanopoulos.

The Republican took to Twitter on Thursday and highlighted a moment in Biden's interview where he was discussing the fact that no Americans have been killed in Afghanistan amid efforts to bring them home and knocked on a wooden table.

Knocking on wood for good luck is a relatively common superstition that Biden has referenced in the past but Cruz took issue with it and called on the president to get Americans out of the country following the Taliban takeover.

Cruz shared a tweet from John Cooper of the Heritage Foundation which featured a clip of the interview. Cooper pointed out Biden's knocking on wood gesture.

The senator tweeted: "Hoping for good luck is not a strategy.

"President Biden's military officials say they can't save Americans across Afghanistan until there's a policy change. This is all completely unacceptable," he said.

"Enough is enough. Biden must get all Americans safely out of Afghanistan, NOW!"

Hoping for good luck is not a strategy.

President Biden's military officials say they can't save Americans across Afghanistan until there's a policy change. This is all completely unacceptable.

Enough is enough. Biden must get all Americans safely out of Afghanistan, NOW! https://t.co/iRzZCdqiX4

— Ted Cruz (@tedcruz) August 19, 2021

During his conversation with Stephanopoulos, Biden was asked about the situation in Afghanistan and the evacuation of U.S. personnel from the capital city of Kabul. There have been chaotic scenes at the city's airport as many Afghans have sought to leave the country.

Stephanopoulos said: "Still a lotta pandemonium outside the airport."

Biden replied: "Oh, there is. But, look, but no one's being killed right now, God forgive me if I'm wrong about that, but no one's being killed right now." He then taps on a small wooden table next to him with his knuckles.

"People are - we got 1,000-somewhat, 1,200 out, yesterday, a couple thousand today. And it's increasing. We're gonna get those people out," the president said on Wednesday.

The Pentagon said on Thursday that the U.S. had evacuated 7,000 people from the country over the previous five days, while around 12,000 people have been evacuated since the end of July. This figure includes U.S. and Afghan citizens as well as citizens of NATO countries.

However, Defense Secretary Lloyd Austin admitted on Wednesday that the Pentagon does not currently have the capability to escort Americans to Kabul airport for evacuation.

Biden has made reference to knocking on wood before. During a Democratic primary debate against Senator Bernie Sanders on March 15, 2020, he was asked about the risks of COVID-19. CNN's Dana Bash pointed to the fact that people with underlying conditions are more vulnerable and highlighted Biden's age. He was 77 at the time.

"Well, fortunately, I don't have any of the underlying conditions you talked about that I have to worry about, number one," he said. "Number two, thank God... for the time being, anything can happen, as my mother would say, knock on wood... that I'm in good health."

Newsweek has asked Senator Ted Cruz for comment.

Ted Cruz Attends the Senate Judiciary Committee
Sen. Ted Cruz, R-Texas, attends the Senate Judiciary Committee confirmation hearing in Dirksen Senate Office Building on April 28, 2021 in Washington, DC. Cruz has called on President Joe Biden to get Americans out of Afghanistan. Tom Williams-Pool/Getty Images