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?”
"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.”
“[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!”