Sen. Ted CruzRafael (Ted) Edward CruzProposal to move defense bill running into new GOP objections GOP anger with Fauci rises Senate nearing deal on defense bill after setback MORE (R-Texas) took to Twitter on Friday to clear up reports that he has been attacking Donald TrumpDonald TrumpMedia giants side with Bannon on request to release Jan. 6 documents Cheney warns of consequences for Trump in dealings with Jan. 6 committee Jan. 6 panel recommends contempt charges for Trump DOJ official MORE, blaming the political establishment for trying to pit the presidential candidates against one another and calling Trump “terrific.”
“The Establishment’s only hope: Trump & me in a cage match,” Cruz tweeted. “Sorry to disappoint – [Donald Trump] is terrific. #DealWithIt.”
The New York Times reported earlier this week that Cruz questioned the GOP front-runner's judgment at a closed-door fundraiser in Manhattan.
“Who am I comfortable having their finger on the button? Now that’s a question of strength, but it’s also a question of judgment. And I think that is a question that is a challenging question for both of them,” Cruz said, speaking of Trump and fellow primary candidate Ben Carson.
Cruz denied the report in a statement on Thursday, but did not dispute the quote or explain how his remarks were taken out of context.
Trump chastised Cruz on Friday for not challenging him publicly.
“[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!”
“Looks like [Ted Cruz] is getting ready to attack. I am leading by so much he must. I hope so, he will fall like all others. Will be easy!” he added.