Republican presidential candidate Donald TrumpDonald TrumpTrump files paperwork to transfer businesses EPA freezes grant programs: reports Kellyanne Conway gets Secret Service protection MORE is denying any involvement in a National Enquirer story that accused rival Ted CruzTed CruzTrump's America: Businessmen in, bureaucrats out When Trump says 'Make America Great Again,' he means it Booker is taking orders from corporate pharmaceuticals MORE of extramarital affairs.
“I have no idea whether or not the cover story about Ted Cruz in this week’s issue of the National Enquirer is true or not, but I had absolutely nothing to do with it, did not know about it, and have not, as yet, read it,” Trump's campaign said in a statement Friday.
Cruz earlier Friday blamed Trump for the article, saying it came from Trump and “his henchmen,” specifically placing blame on Republican strategist Roger Stone, a Trump ally.
“I have nothing to do with the National Enquirer and unlike Lyin’ Ted Cruz I do not surround myself with political hacks and henchman and then pretend total innocence,” Trump said.
The Enquirer endorsed Trump for president earlier this year, according to the Daily Beast, declaring that he “must be prez” on its cover. The businessman has written several pieces for the tabloid and tweeted favorably about David Pecker, the CEO of American Media, which owns the Enquirer.
Trump added that while the Enquirer was “right about O.J. Simpson, John Edwards, and many others, I certainly hope they are not right about Lyin’ Ted Cruz.”
The article about Cruz, released Friday, has further escalated tensions between the two candidates.
Trump repeatedly attacked Cruz's wife Heidi, after an anti-Trump group released an ad that featured an image of Trump's wife, Melania, posing nude in a 2000 magazine.
The Cruz campaign has denied involvement with the ad.
Trump shared an image of the two women on Twitter in an apparent comparison of their looks and threatened to "spill the beans" about Heidi Cruz. Ted Cruz responded angrily on Thursday, saying, "Leave Heidi the hell alone."