By Elliot Smilowitz
January 16, 2016 – 07:11 am
Republican presidential front-runner Donald Trump took aim at rival Ted Cruz in a series of Saturday morning tweets, taunting Cruz over challenges to his citizenship and reports that he did not disclose campaign loans.
Trump has tried to stoke concerns that Cruz would face legal challenges to his eligibility for president because he was born in Canada. After a Friday lawsuit questioning exactly that, Trump took a victory lap.
“Ted Cruz was born in Canada and was a Canadian citizen until 15 months ago. Lawsuits have just been filed with more to follow. I told you so,” he wrote.
The billionaire businessman also tied concerns about Cruz’s citizenship to questions about loans for his 2012 Senate campaign that Cruz reportedly failed to disclose to the Federal Election Commission.
A series of New York Times reports in recent days accuse Cruz of getting two loans up to $500,000 each from Citibank and Goldman Sachs to fund his longshot 2016 race for the Texas Senate seat, and not fully disclosing them to campaign finance authorities.
Cruz dismissed the controversy as a “paperwork error” during Thursday’s GOP presidential debate, implying that the first Times report was attacking him unfairly to bring down his presidential campaign.
Trump on Saturday called Cruz’s explanation “not believable,” adding that “Goldman Sachs owns him, he will do anything they demand.”
Noting that Cruz’s wife works for Goldman Sachs, Trump also attacked Cruz’s recent statements assailing “New York values.”
After repeatedly decrying Trump’s home city of New York, Cruz has faced a barrage of calls to apologize.
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