Donald Trump says he “had nothing to do with” a story published in the National Enquirer alleging Texas Senator Ted Cruz, his rival to be the Republican party’s 2016 presidential nominee, has had extramarital affairs. Cruz has dismissed the allegations.
Trump issued the denial of his campaign’s involvement in a telephone interview on ABC’s ”This Week” on Sunday.
“The campaign had absolutely nothing to do with it,” Trump said on the show. He stopped short of condemning the story. “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.”
The story quotes an anonymous source alleging that private detectives are looking into at least five affairs Cruz supposedly had. In an interview on Fox News Sunday, Cruz called the piece “tabloid smear” that “came from Donald Trump and his henchmen.”
“These are complete made-up lies,” Cruz said. “They’re garbage, but it’s indicative of just how low Donald Trump will go.”
The battle between the GOP hopefuls has grown increasingly personal of late. After an ad from an anti-Trump group called “Make America Awesome” featured suggestive pictures of his wife Melania, the Republican frontrunner fired back in a tweet.
“Lyin’ Ted Cruz just used a picture of Melania from a G.Q. shoot in his ad,” Trump tweeted on March 22. “Be careful, Lyin’ Ted, or I will spill the beans on your wife!”
The group the ad came from isn’t part of Cruz’s campaign, and the senator has denied involvement.