Trump: Oil companies dictate Cruz’s policies

After a week of tension between the two Republican presidential candidates, front-runner Donald TrumpDonald TrumpTrump Education pick won't say if guns should be allowed in schools Senate Finance panel to hold Price hearing next week Trump lands in DC for pre-inaugural dinner MORE took a shot at Sen. Ted CruzTed CruzGraham, Cruz proposal to defund the U.N. is misguided Right renews push for term limits as Trump takes power Dissenting nominees give hope to GOP skeptics of Trump MORE (R-Texas) on Friday, saying that “oil companies pay him a lot of money.” 

“With ethanol [Cruz has] gotta come a long way,” Trump said in Des Moines, Iowa. "He’s right now for the oil. But I understand if oil pays him a lot of money, he’s gotta be for oil. Right?”

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“But I’m with you,” Trump told his supporters, noting he toured ethanol plants in Iowa last month. 

"If Ted Cruz is against ethanol, how does he win in Iowa," Trump asked. 

The billionaire businessman also slammed Cruz as a copycat.

“The one guy that is doing pretty good with me in Iowa is Ted Cruz,” Trump said. "Everything I say, he agrees with me. No matter what I say.”

He later seemed to take a shot at Cruz's background.

“I do like Ted Cruz, but not a lot of evangelicals come out of Cuba,” Trump said. “But I like him nonetheless.” 

Trump chastised Cruz earlier in the day after the New York Times reported earlier this week that Cruz questioned the billionaire’s judgement at a closed-door fundraiser in Manhattan. 

“[Ted Cruz] should not make statements behind closed doors to his bosses, he should bring them out in the open,” Trump wrote on Twitter. “More fun that way!”