Trump: Oil companies dictate Cruz’s policies

After a week of tension between the two Republican presidential candidates, front-runner Donald TrumpDonald TrumpWould Aretha Franklin perform at Trump inauguration? ‘Good question.’ Ryan: Dakota pipeline pause is ‘big-government decision-making at its worst’ Ivanka was finalizing Japanese business deal at time of Trump, Abe meeting: report MORE took a shot at Sen. Ted CruzTed CruzTrump could be the most significant president of our time Cruz: I'd rather have Trump talk to Taiwan than Cuba or Iran Lewandowski: Top Cruz aide advised Trump team before NH primary 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!”