Cruz on GOP-Trump feud: 'Shut up and do your job'

Cruz on GOP-Trump feud: 'Shut up and do your job'
© Greg Nash

Sen. Ted CruzRafael (Ted) Edward CruzOvernight Health Care: Trump eases rules on insurance outside ObamaCare | HHS office on religious rights gets 300 complaints in a month | GOP chair eyes opioid bill vote by Memorial Day HHS official put on leave amid probe into social media posts Trump, Pence to address CPAC this week MORE (R-Texas) is warning his GOP colleagues to stop fighting with President Trump and focus on passing the party's agenda. 

"It's like you’re back in junior high. ... We've got a job to do, damn it, and so all of this nonsense, I got nothing to say on it. Everyone shut up and do your job, is my view," Cruz told conservative radio host Mark Davis on Wednesday.

Cruz was asked about Republican Sens. Bob CorkerRobert (Bob) Phillips CorkerCongress punts fight over Dreamers to March Drama surrounding Shulkin — what is the future of VA health care? Blackburn pushes back on potential Corker bid: 'I'm going to win' MORE (Tenn.) and Jeff FlakeJeffrey (Jeff) Lane FlakeFlake to try to force vote on DACA stopgap plan Congress punts fight over Dreamers to March Outgoing GOP rep: Republican Party 'heading into trouble' in election MORE (Ariz.), who offered blistering criticism of Trump on Tuesday, but he didn't directly mention the two in his response.


He added that Americans are "frustrated" by Republicans’ inability to make good on years-long campaign promises. 

"Well I think it's unfortunate the nastiness that pervades Washington now and political battles of personality that consume seemingly every minute of the media attention and an awful lot of time and energy here in this town," he said. 

Trump and his White House have been locked in a fight with Corker and Flake, both of whom will not seek reelection in 2018. 

Flake used a floor speech on Tuesday announcing his retirement to take aim at both the president and his own party. Meanwhile, Corker told CNN that Trump is “debasing” the country, isn't a role model for children and that he regrets supporting him. 

Cruz, who ran for president last year, was a frequent target of Trump's during the Republican primary and did not endorse Trump during his speech at the Republican National Convention. 

But he's aligned himself more closely with leadership on the GOP ObamaCare repeal effort, including taking part in a working group convened by Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnellAddison (Mitch) Mitchell McConnellLawmakers feel pressure on guns Bipartisan group of House lawmakers urge action on Export-Import Bank nominees Curbelo Dem rival lashes out over immigration failure MORE (R-Ky.).

Discussing the GOP health-care effort, he argued that it was moderates, not conservatives, who had shelved the effort. 

"Alright big boys, we got a majority and you know who it is who is screwing up governing? It's the so-called elder statesman moderates," he said.