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.