Trump apologized to Ted Cruz for calling his wife ugly and claiming his father plotted JFK’s assassination, Manafort’s book says

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Donald Trump and Ted Cruz during a GOP primary debate in the 2016 presidential election campaign in Detroit, Michigan.Chip Somodevilla/Getty Images

  • Donald Trump apologized to Ted Cruz for deeply personal insults in 2016, a book says.

  • Trump and Cruz fought an ill-tempered battle for the 2016 GOP nomination, which Trump won.

  • Trump is rarely known to apologize for insulting and belittling opponents.

Donald Trump apologized to Senator Ted Cruz after insulting him and his family during his 2016 presidential campaign, says a new book by Paul Manafort.

Manafort, Trump’s disgraced former campaign manager, described the exchange in excerpts from an upcoming book obtained by the Guardian.

He wrote that Trump apologized during a personal meeting with before the Republican National Convention in Cleveland, Ohio, in July 2016, just before de Cruz gave a speech.

During the bad-tempered 2016 campaign, Trump called Cruz’s wife “ugly,” falsely claimed that Cruz’s father was involved in a plot to assassinate President John F. Kennedy, and taunted him with the nickname “Lyin’ Ted Cruz.” .”

According to the book, “Trump has apologized on his own initiative for saying some of the things he said about Cruz, which was unusual for Trump.”

Trump told Cruz, who came second in the primaries, “he viewed him as an ally, not an enemy, and that he believed they could work together when Trump was president,” Manafort’s book said.

The full book, titled “Political Prisoner: Persecuted, Prosecuted, but Not Silenced,” is scheduled for release in September.

The claim is notable because Trump routinely insults and slanders his political opponents and rarely takes back.

By apologizing, Trump had hoped to gain Cruz’s support for his candidacy, the book says.

It didn’t work right away, as Cruz didn’t support Trump in his speech.

According to the book, Trump said, “This is nonsense,” as Cruz spoke, and walked toward the back of the convention hall, “effectively diverting attention from Cruz and undermining his speech.”

The two later mend their relationship, and Cruz became one of Trump’s most staunch allies in the Senate.

Manafort’s book contradicts Cruz’s claim in an interview with the Texas Tribune in September 2016 that Trump had not apologized for the insults.

In that interview, he said he decided to put it behind him and support Trump after consulting with his wife and father.

In 2018, Manafort was convicted of financial crimes, on charges of Robert Mueller’s investigation into Russian meddling in the 2016 election. Trump pardoned him during the last weeks of his presidency in 2020.

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