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Trump told Cruz he was sorry for the attacks on his wife and father in the 2016 primary


Former President Donald Trump has apologized to Senator Ted Cruz for insulting his wife’s appearance, suggesting her father was involved in the assassination of John F. Kennedy and wondering if the Texas Republican could legally stand run for president if he were born in Canada, according to a forthcoming book by Paul Manafort.

“On his own initiative, Trump apologized for saying some of the things he said about Cruz, which was unusual for Trump,” writes the former campaign chairman for the 45th president, according to The Guardian .

During the deadly 2016 Republican primary race, Trump called Heidi Cruz ‘ugly’, suggested Ted’s father Rafael had ties to Kennedy assassin Lee Harvey Oswald, publicly doubted Cruz’s eligibility to run for president and gave the nickname “Lyin’ Ted” to the senator.

Donald Trump has apologized to Ted Cruz for insulting his wife’s appearance and suggesting her father was involved in the assassination of John F. Kennedy.
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According to Manafort, the real estate mogul approached Cruz ahead of the Republican National Convention in July to get the Texan’s endorsement.

Cruz, who had finished second to Trump in the nominating contest, responded to the overture by saying he would work with Trump but not endorse him “because his supporters didn’t want him to.”

“It was a forced vindication for someone who is normally very logical. Trump didn’t buy it,” Manafort reportedly wrote.

Trump told Cruz he was sorry for the attacks on his wife and father in the 2016 primary
Manafort resigned as Trump campaign chairman in August after reports detailed the under-the-table payments he had received.
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Despite Cruz’s cold reception, the author continues, Trump apologized and told his rival that he “considers him an ally, not an enemy, and that he believes they can work together. when Trump was president.

Cruz notably did not endorse Trump in his remarks at the convention, outraged delegates and leading to his wife being escorted out of the room out of fear for her safety.

During Cruz’s remarks, Manafort recalled, Trump snarled, “That’s bullshit” and walked to the back of the arena, “effectively getting Cruz’s attention and undermining his speech.”

Trump told Cruz he was sorry for the attacks on his wife and father in the 2016 primary
Cruz notably did not endorse Trump in his remarks at the convention, outraged delegates and leading to his wife being escorted out of the room out of fear for her safety.
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Trump told Cruz he was sorry for the attacks on his wife and father in the 2016 primary
During the deadly 2016 Republican primary race, Trump called Heidi Cruz “ugly”, suggested Ted’s father Rafael had ties to Kennedy assassin Lee Harvey Oswald.
AP Photo/Seth Wenig

Cruz was initially upset by Trump’s show of petulance.

“It took months to restore this relationship,” writes Manafort. “But eventually Cruz came to support Trump, and Trump harbored no ill will.”

Manafort, now 73, resigned as Trump’s campaign chairman in August after news reports detailed clandestine payments he received for his lobbying work on behalf of the pro Ukrainian president. -Moscow, Viktor Yanukovych.

Ultimately, Manafort was sentenced to seven years in prison for tax evasion and other crimes related to his work in Ukraine – charges that emerged from Special Counsel Robert Mueller’s Russia investigation. Trump pardoned Manafort in December 2020.

Manafort’s book, “Political Prisoner: Persecuted, Prosecuted, but Not Silenced,” is due out August 16.

New York Post

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