Republican presidential hopeful Donald TrumpDonald TrumpBaldwin calls Trump criticism following 'Rust' shooting 'surreal' Haley hits the stump in South Carolina Mary Trump files to dismiss Trump's lawsuit over NYT tax story MORE on Thursday threatened to bring a lawsuit challenging rival Ted CruzRafael (Ted) Edward CruzCongress averts shutdown after vaccine mandate fight On The Money — Congress races to keep the lights on House sets up Senate shutdown showdown MORE’s eligibility to serve as president — unless the Texas senator “clean[s] up his act.”
“If [Ted Cruz] doesn’t clean up his act, stop cheating, & doing negative ads, I have standing to sue him for not being a natural born citizen,” Trump said in a tweet.
If @TedCruz doesn’t clean up his act, stop cheating, & doing negative ads, I have standing to sue him for not being a natural born citizen.— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) February 12, 2016
Trump promised at a January GOP presidential debate not to sue Cruz over the issue.
“I’m not bringing a lawsuit,” he said. “I promise. But the Democrats are going to bring a lawsuit.”
The billionaire businessman’s comments come after several of his supporters filed a federal lawsuit challenging the constitutionality of Cruz’s presidential run.
Cruz, a constitutional lawyer and former Texas solicitor general, has maintained that he is eligible to be president, noting the distinction between naturalized and natural-born citizen.
He was born in Canada to an American mother and Cuban father.
Article II, Section 1 of the Constitution states “no person except a natural born citizen, or a citizen of the United States, at the time of the adoption of this Constitution, shall be eligible to the office of president.”