Trump: Cruz's Canadian birthplace is 'very precarious' for GOP
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Presidential front-runner Donald TrumpDonald John TrumpDems flip Wisconsin state Senate seat Sessions: 'We should be like Canada' in how we take in immigrants GOP rep: 'Sheet metal and garbage' everywhere in Haiti MORE is attacking Ted CruzRafael (Ted) Edward CruzWith religious liberty memo, Trump made America free to be faithful again Interstate compacts aren't the right way to fix occupational licensing laws Texas Dem: ‘I don’t know what to believe’ about what Trump wants for wall MORE for being born in Canada, predicting it could become an issue for his Republican rival.

“Republicans are going to have to ask themselves the question: ‘Do we want a candidate who could be tied up in court for two years?’ That’d be a big problem,” Trump told The Washington Post before a rally in Massachusetts on Tuesday night.

“It’d be a very precarious one for Republicans because he’d be running and the courts may take a long time to make decision. You don’t want to be running and have that kind of thing over your head," Trump continued in the interview.
 
A Cruz aide declined to comment to the Post for its report Tuesday, though Cruz's Twitter account tweeted a link to a clip from "Happy Days" suggesting Trump's claim had gotten stale.
 
Trump for years questioned Barack ObamaBarack Hussein ObamaMcCarthy: ‘No deadline on DACA’ Democrats will need to explain if they shut government down over illegal immigration Trump’s first year in office was the year of the woman MORE's eligibility to run for president, ultimately leading to the president releasing his long-form birth certificate in 2011. 
 
The Constitution stipulates that to be eligible for the presidency one must be a "natural born citizen," long regarded as including anyone born to a U.S. citizen regardless of where the birth took place.
 
Cruz, who was born in Canada to an American mother and Cuban father, had dual citizenship before renouncing his Canadian citizenship after becoming a senator.
 
Trump has brought the "birther" charge against Cruz before. In March 2015, before launching his own campaign but after Cruz announced his, Trump said Cruz's Canadian birthplace was "a hurdle."
 
"I’d hate to see something like that get in his way. But a lot of people are talking about it, and I know that even some states are looking at it very strongly, the fact that he was born in Canada and he has had a double passport," Trump told the Post on Tuesday.
 
Cruz is the favorite to win the Iowa caucuses early next month and is in the top tier of candidates trying to upset Trump in other early-voting states.