Lyin’ Ted defended the President’s relationship with Russia Sunday.
Reacting to a New York Times report claiming the FBI investigated the possibility Trump had actively worked for the Russian government, Texas Sen. Cruz claimed Americans are more concerned with building a border wall that they are with Trump’s possible collusion with Russia to sabotage elections in the United States.
“When you get outside the beltway, I don’t find anyone concerned with this at all,” the Texas senator, who is a member of the Senate Intelligence Committee, said on NBC’s “Meet the Press.”
“They’re concerned about securing the border.”
Cruz, nicknamed Lyin’ Ted by Trump during the 2016 presidential primaries, has come to be an ally of the President’s since their contentious fight for the GOP nomination. At the time, Cruz called Trump a “pathological liar” and a “sniveling coward.”
Trump himself gave an indirect response to the Times report to FOX News anchor and GOP supporter Jeanine Pirro Sunday.
“It’s the most insulting article I’ve ever had written, and if you read the article you’ll see that they found absolutely nothing,” he said.
Cruz also shook off “Meet the Press” host Chuck Todd’s followup on a Washington Post report that Trump “has gone to extraordinary lengths to conceal details” of a private two hour conversation he had with Russian President Vladimir Putin in Helsinki in July.
That meeting — with no other United States representatives in the room — followed a now infamous press conference where Trump seemed to side with Putin against his own intelligence agencies, which unanimously concluded Russia interfered with the 2016 election.
“If you compare objectively, President Trump’s policies to Russia compared to President Obama’s policies to Russia — by any measure — President Obama was much easier, was much more gentler on Russia,” Cruz contended.