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Trump on Cruz: “He’s not ‘Lyin’ Ted’ anymore. He’s ‘Beautiful Ted.'”

Headed out of the White House Monday for a rally in Houston where he will speak at a rally with Sen. Ted Cruz, President Trump said he and his former rival for the Republican nomination had buried the hatchet.

Trump, who called Cruz “Lyin’ Ted” during the campaign and even suggested Cruz’s dad may have had something to do with assassinating John F. Kennedy, says he’s now “Beautiful Ted.”

Trump said he and Cruz had gotten along well during the primary campaign until it was down to just the two them:

Ted and I get along very well, very late into the campaign. And I said, “Don’t worry about it. It’s only a question of time.” And then it became very nasty, and then it was over. And when it was over, we’ve gotten along great. No, I like Ted.

Now, Trump said, they’ve become “very close,” working together on issues like tax cuts and rolling back regulations. “I actually like him a lot. And he’s a very smart guy,” Trump said.

Cruz is embroiled in a bitter re-election campaign against Democratic Rep. Beto O’Rourke, over whom he holds a lead of about five to ten points in polls.

Trump says he also calls him “Texas Ted.”

Trump also complained about the amount of foreign aid the United States gives to Central American countries, saying the U.S. gets nothing in return.

3 Responses to Trump on Cruz: “He’s not ‘Lyin’ Ted’ anymore. He’s ‘Beautiful Ted.'”

  1. Aha! The Flip-flop!
    We like Ted Cruz, always did. Liked him a lot, then along came Donald Trump.
    Still like Ted Cruz, but not as much as Trump.

  2. Ted Cruz appears to have matured a bit in the past two years. That’s good. He will be a better Senator this term.

    I think he would make a wonderful Attorney General, which was the job he originally wanted for most of his life. But only if he really has grown up and learned enough humility to “respect his betters” (as John Wayne might say).

  3. Well, of course Trump is going to support Cruz and say nice things about him. It’s a Republican Senate seat at stake. What would we expect Trump to do–go to Texas and bad mouth Cruz just before the election?

    Latest poll I can find (Quinnipiac–Oct 11) shows Cruz with a decent lead over O’Rourke–9 points. It’s interesting how wide the differences are in the poll results when you look at polling of men vs women, White vs Black, Hispanic vs White, etc.

    Anyway, here’s the Quinnipiac summary as of Oct 11.