Trump: 'I have standing' to sue Cruz over citizenship
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Republican presidential hopeful Donald TrumpDonald TrumpOvernight Cybersecurity: House Intel chair says surveillance collected on Trump transition team Budowsky: Trump’s war against truth GOP chairman calls for tighter sanctions on Russia MORE on Thursday threatened to bring a lawsuit challenging rival Ted CruzTed CruzBudowsky: Trump’s war against truth Five takeaways from Labor pick’s confirmation hearing Republicans should seize the moment and repeal ObamaCare now MORE’s eligibility to serve as president — unless the Texas senator “clean[s] up his act.”

“If [Ted Cruz] doesn’t clean up his act, stop cheating, & doing negative ads, I have standing to sue him for not being a natural born citizen,” Trump said in a tweet

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Trump promised at a January GOP presidential debate not to sue Cruz over the issue.

“I’m not bringing a lawsuit,” he said. “I promise. But the Democrats are going to bring a lawsuit.”

The billionaire businessman’s comments come after several of his supporters filed a federal lawsuit challenging the constitutionality of Cruz’s presidential run.

Cruz, a constitutional lawyer and former Texas solicitor general, has maintained that he is eligible to be president, noting the distinction between naturalized and natural-born citizen.

He was born in Canada to an American mother and Cuban father.

Article II, Section 1 of the Constitution states “no person except a natural born citizen, or a citizen of the United States, at the time of the adoption of this Constitution, shall be eligible to the office of president.”