Presumptive Republican presidential nominee Donald TrumpDonald TrumpSix big off-year elections you might be missing Twitter suspends GOP Rep. Banks for misgendering trans health official Meghan McCain to Trump: 'Thanks for the publicity' MORE on Wednesday stood by his claim that Ted CruzRafael (Ted) Edward CruzOvernight Health Care — Presented by Carequest — Colin Powell's death highlights risks for immunocompromised The Senate confirmation process is broken — Senate Democrats can fix it Australian politician on Cruz, vaccines: 'We don't need your lectures, thanks mate' MORE’s father, Rafael Cruz, was linked to Lee Harvey Oswald, citing a report in the National Enquirer.
Trump defended himself for citing the story, saying in an interview with ABC’s “Good Morning America” that the tabloid has been right in the past.
“The National Enquirer gave you John Edwards; it gave you O.J. Simpson; it gave you many, many things. I mean, you can’t knock the National Enquirer. It’s brought many things to light, not all of them pleasant.”
Trump also rejected the notion that he owed Rafael Cruz an apology over the accusations.
“No, all I was doing was referring to a picture that was reported in a magazine, and I think they didn’t deny it. I don’t think anybody denied it,” he said. “Now I don’t know what it was, exactly, but it was a major story in a major publication and it was picked up by many other publications.”
Rafael Cruz denied the allegations on Tuesday, calling them “ludicrous.”
Pressed again about making an apology, Trump said he only brought up the report in response to the Texas senator's father saying “nasty things” about him.
“I’m just referring to an article that appeared. I mean, it has nothing to do with me,” he said.