Cruz defends calling McConnell a liar
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Republican presidential candidate Ted CruzRafael (Ted) Edward CruzUS-China trade war is just the start of the struggle for global order Dem lawmaker: Migrant family separation policy 'is on all of us' Cruz wins charity basketball challenge against Jimmy Kimmel MORE is doubling down on calling Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnellAddison (Mitch) Mitchell McConnellCongress had a good couple of weeks — now let's keep it going McCarthy: 'The Mueller investigation has got to stop' McConnell: Mueller 'ought to wrap it up' MORE (R-Ky.) a liar.

“Every word I said there is true and accurate. No one disputed a word I said,” Cruz said during an MSNBC town hall in Buffalo, N.Y.

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Cruz raised eyebrows last year when he accused McConnell of lying about a deal to move the Export-Import Bank reauthorization in exchange for support on fast-track trade legislation.

He said at the time that McConnell had told him in a private conversation that there wasn't a deal.

"Well, we now know that when the majority leader looks us in the eyes and makes an explicit commitment, that he is willing to say things that he knows are false," he said at the time.

The blistering floor speech sparked fierce backlash from his Republican colleagues, some of whom questioned if Cruz had broken Senate rules with his speech.

The Texas senator defended his actions on Thursday.

"The reaction in the Senate is, 'How dare you say that out loud?' They’re not upset that somebody lied to them,” he said.

Cruz isn't a stranger to antagonizing his Republican colleagues, who are still quick to cite his role in the 2013 shutdown of the federal government.

Only two senators have endorsed Cruz for president. Another, Sen. Jeff FlakeJeffrey (Jeff) Lane FlakeDHS secretary defends Trump administration's migrant policies White House faces growing outcry over migrant family policies GOP senators push for clarification on migrant family separations MORE (R-Ariz.), said this week he would support former Ohio Gov. John Kasich over his colleague or Donald TrumpDonald John TrumpEx-ethics chief calls on Trump to end 'monstrous' migrant policies Laura Bush blasts Trump migrant policy as 'cruel' and 'immoral' US denies report of coalition airstrike on Syria MORE.

Cruz, however, brushed aside the notion that he wouldn't be able to work with a Republican-controlled Congress if he wins the White House.

“I think I’ll be able to work very, very well with Republican leadership, partially for focusing on issues that bring us together,” he said during the MSNBC town hall.