Denying that he or his campaign had anything to do with anonymous accusations in The National Enquirer alleging Senator Ted Cruz has affairs with five mistresses, Donald Trump blamed Senator Ted Cruz for apparently having started the most reason tensions between the two Republican presidential nominees. Speaking with ABC’s Jonathan Karl for an interview with This Week, Trump opted not to condemn the “rumor-mongering” of The National Enquirer.
Claiming that Cruz is responsible for an ad chiding his wife for posing nude in a GQ spread, Trump asserted that a small super PAC opposing his candidacy is essentially directed by the Texas Senator. Produced by an obscure super PAC which has raised and spent a grand total of $20,000, the ads targeted Utah before the state's Republican caucuses.
“And from I hear, he and his campaign went out and bought the cover shoot. Melania did a cover shoot for GQ. A very strong modeling picture. No big deal. But it was a cover shoot for GQ, big magazine, and it was, y’know fine,” said Trump. “From what I hear, somebody bought the rights to it, and [Cruz] was the one, or his campaign bought the rights and they gave it to the super PAC.”
Omitting the detail that The National Enquirer had endorsed him for President, Trump continued crediting Cruz with directing the ad.
“That super PAC is very friendly to Ted Cruz. He knew all about it. 100%. He started it. I didn’t start it.”
Asked by Karl if he felt that such tabloid innuendo had a place in presidential election cycles, and whether he would condemn the story, Trump credited The National Enquirer with having a good track record.
“I don’t care. The National Enquirer did a story. It was their story. It wasn’t my story,” said Trump. “It was about Ted Cruz. I have no idea whether it was right or not. They actually have a very good record of being right. But I have absolutely no idea.”
Deploying his strategy of quasi-turnspeak, Trump claimed to hope the story was false.
Karl concluded by asking Trump about what Easter meant to him as a Christian.
“What does this holiday, what does Easter mean to you? What’s the Trump family Easter tradition?” asked Karl.
“Well, it really means something very special. I’m going to church in an hour from now, and it’s gonna be, it’s a beautiful church. I’m in Florida, and it’s just a very special time for me, and it really represents family, and getting together, and something, y’know, if you’re a Christian, it’s just a very important day,” answered Trump
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