Trump embraces 'really good friend' Ted Cruz

‘He’s the president’: On the campaign trail, Ted Cruz refuses to say whether Trump is friend or foe
Pres. Trump to rally for Sen. Ted Cruz at Toyota Center

24 October, 2018

President Trump announced at the end of August he would hold a rally for Sen.

Trump embraced Cruz as he took the stage at the Toyota Center in Houston as he praised the Senator seeking re-election in November and jokingly referred to their contentious campaign against each other during the 2016 presidential primary as a "love fest". "I am honored that President Trump is here endorsing and supporting my campaign, and I look forward to campaigning beside him in 2020 for his reelection as President of the United States". Trump travelled to Texas on Monday to support Cruz in his race against the Democrat Beto O'Rourke, and informed reporters that Cruz is "not "Lyin" Ted any more".

"I'll tell you what: Nobody has helped me more, with your tax cuts, with your regulation, with all of the things that we're doing, including military and our vets, than Senator Ted Cruz", Trump told the 18,000 assembled faithful.

Trump and Cruz memorably exchanged some sharp - and personal - barbs during their 2016 White House battle.

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"I think Beto O'Rourke is highly overrated".

"To protect your state and your country, you need to elect a Republican House and a Republican Senate", Trump said.

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President Trump said Tuesday that he does think of himself as a "nationalist" in in that he's a patriot who's exhausted of seeing foreign nations take advantage of America. "I call him 'Texas Ted.'".

"So when he says "nationalist, ' is he thinking of all those connotations you just mentioned or is he speaking sloppily?"

"He's the president", Cruz told ABC News' Paula Faris in an interview that aired on "This Week" Sunday. "I think he's a highly overrated guy".

The Democrat drew a crowd of 55,000 people at a rally in Austin with country music star Willie Nelson last month and pulled in a staggering $38.1 million during the third fundraising quarter, more than three times Cruz's total of $12 million during the same period.

Ted Cruz was "a little bit of a maniac", "a totally unstable individual" and "Lyin' Ted". The event was moved from a 8,000-seat venue after demand outpaced supply, and even once inside the Houston Rockets home court arena, requests for tickets topped 100,000 people. Not brutal in the sense that it was ever close: Cruz led Trump by a single delegate after the Iowa caucuses, and then never again.

We all know the answer, obviously: In the moment, Trump said what he needed to say to crush a political opponent.

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