Sen. Ted CruzRafael (Ted) Edward CruzThe Memo: Trump leaves chaos in his wake in UK Beto O'Rourke is dominating Ted Cruz in enthusiasm and fundraising — but he's still headed for defeat GOP senators introduce resolution endorsing ICE MORE (R-Texas) said in an interview broadcast Sunday morning that his 2016 Republican presidential campaign is being helped by fellow GOP candidate Donald TrumpDonald John TrumpSasse: Trump shouldn't dignify Putin with Helsinki summit Top LGBT group projects message onto Presidential Palace in Helsinki ahead of Trump-Putin summit Hillary Clinton to Trump ahead of Putin summit: 'Do you know which team you play for?' MORE.

“I'm very encouraged where we are right now because I think what we're seeing happening every day is conservatives coalescing behind our campaign,” Cruz said on NBC’s “Meet the Press.” “And, you know, one of the reasons I'm very optimistic is … look at the impact of Donald Trump.”

“Others have gone out of their way to smack him. I haven't,” Cruz said. “I think Donald's campaign has been immensely beneficial for our campaign.”

Cruz said Trump has “framed the central issue” of the Republican primary as “who will stand up for Washington?”

“The natural follow up if that's the question is who actually has stood up to Washington?” he added. “Who has stood up to both Democrats and to leaders in their own party?”

Cruz said his record is “markedly different” from other candidates in terms of “taking on the Washington cartel.”

“I think that's why we're seeing, particularly as voters get more and more educated, study the candidates, listen to the candidates in person, I think that's why we're seeing the grass roots momentum that we're seeing is conservatives are coalescing behind our campaign.”

Trump is the current GOP front-runner, with 23.6 percent support nationally, according to a RealClearPolitics average of polls. Cruz is in sixth place with 7.6 percent.