Republican presidential frontrunner Donald Trump responded Friday to the National Enquirer piece alleging his rival candidate Sen. Ted Cruz (R-Texas) has engaged in several extramarital affairs.
In statement, Trump refused to discredit the tabloid magazine’s claims, opting instead to deny involvement.
“I have no idea whether or not the cover story about Ted Cruz in this week’s issue of the National Enquirer is true or not, but I had absolutely nothing to do with it, did not know about it, and have not, as yet, read it.
Likewise, I have nothing to do with the National Enquirer and unlike Lyin’ Ted Cruz I do not surround myself with political hacks and henchman and then pretend total innocence.”
He also pointed out the Enquirer’s past headlines, such as their original claim that former Senator John Edwards (D-N.C.) fathered a child with mistress Rielle Hunter.
But Trump added that he hopes the rumors about Cruz are false:
“Ted Cruz’s problem with the National Enquirer is his and his alone, and while they were right about O.J. Simpson, John Edwards, and many others, I certainly hope they are not right about Lyin’ Ted Cruz.”
Cruz called the allegations by the Enquirer “garbage” in Facebook post on Friday.
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He insisted a link between the Enquirer piece and the Trump campaign, writing that the whole story is “offensive to Heidi and me, they’re offensive to our daughters, and they’re offensive to everyone Donald continues to personally attack.”
Cruz added that Trump is “beneath” the office of the presidency.
While Cruz and Trump are trading shots at one another, it appears the Republican presidential race has taken a deeply personal turn over that of a debate on policies.