Trump, Cruz spar over Cruz’s ties to China
The Republican presidential candidates are sparring over Cruz and his father-in-law, Sen. Ted Cruz, R-Texas.
Both have ties to the Chinese government.
And Trump, whose father- in-law is a longtime China official, is calling for tougher sanctions on China, saying it is “destroying our country” and “destroys our sovereignty.”
Trump says Cruz has “abused” his father, a Texas senator who served in the Vietnam War.
Cruz, meanwhile, has slammed Trump for his role in the Chinese nuclear test in July, which Trump and others say was a “pre-planned” response to the nuclear tests in North Korea and elsewhere.
“I have the honor of knowing Ted Cruz for many years,” Trump said during a campaign stop in North Carolina on Saturday.
“And I have great respect for him.
But, you know, he abused his father.
And I think that’s very bad for him, and I think it’s very dangerous for the United States.”
We have never heard him call on the Chinese to stop their nuclear weapons tests,” Ballard added. “
He never asked anyone to speak to him about it,” Ballard said.
“We have never heard him call on the Chinese to stop their nuclear weapons tests,” Ballard added.
“We’ve heard from him about how important it is to work with the Chinese.”
Ballard, however, said Cruz “has never called on the world to stop its support for the Chinese Communist Party.”
On Sunday, Trump was asked about Cruz’s relationship with Chinese President Xi Jinping, who has been a prominent supporter of his campaign and has said that he will be “willing to work” with the GOP nominee on the economy and trade.
“He’s a man that has tremendous respect for China,” Trump told ABC’s “This Week.”
“And when he talks about China, you look at what he’s doing with trade, he’s very pro-China.
Cruz, however,, is not convinced.””
I mean, I think the Chinese are very much involved in many ways, but China’s got tremendous influence over the world, and we want to make sure that’s true.”
Cruz, however,, is not convinced.
“Donald Trump is going to take China’s word for it that he’s going to be pro-American and pro-trade and he’s pro-peace, he’ll be pro trade,” Cruz said on ABC’s This Week on Sunday.
“So, to be absolutely clear, he has a lot of friends in China.
They have a lot to gain by doing so.”
Trump’s foreign policy adviser, J.D. Gordon, told ABC News that Trump “doesn’t think the president’s going anywhere.
Trump also criticized the Obama administration’s response to North Korea’s nuclear test, saying he “hasn’t been consulted” and that he has no “confidence in the president at all.” “
Trump’s view is he’s got to go to the center of the Republican Party and get people who are opposed to his policies to vote for him,” Gordon said.
Trump also criticized the Obama administration’s response to North Korea’s nuclear test, saying he “hasn’t been consulted” and that he has no “confidence in the president at all.”
Trump has criticized Obama’s handling of North Korea, particularly over the use of force.
Obama has said the North Korean test was a response to U.S. military action against the communist country, and said the U.N. Security Council should have imposed new sanctions on the country.
Trump said he “wasn’t consulted” about North Korea during his 2016 campaign, and that while he “didn’t like” the U