Cruz: 'I salute Donald Trump' on immigration
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Sen. Ted CruzRafael (Ted) Edward CruzCrenshaw looms large as Democrats look to flip Texas House seat SCOTUS confirmation in the last month of a close election? Ugly The Hill's Morning Report - Sponsored by Facebook - Trump previews SCOTUS nominee as 'totally brilliant' MORE (R-Texas) said on Sunday that he admires GOP presidential candidate Donald TrumpDonald John TrumpFederal prosecutor speaks out, says Barr 'has brought shame' on Justice Dept. Former Pence aide: White House staffers discussed Trump refusing to leave office Progressive group buys domain name of Trump's No. 1 Supreme Court pick MORE for his outspokenness on immigration.

“I salute Donald Trump for focusing on the need to address illegal immigration,” Cruz told host Chuck Todd on NBC’s “Meet The Press.” “I like Donald Trump. He is bold, he is brash.”

“He has a colorful way of speaking, and it’s not my way of speaking, but I salute him,” the fellow Republican White House hopeful added.

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Cruz also said on Sunday that he dislikes Republican infighting over issues of national importance.

“The favorite sport of some in Washington is to get Republicans to attack other Republicans,” he said. “I am not going to engage in the media’s game of throwing rocks at other Republicans. I’m not going to do it.”

Trump sparked outrage in June 16 remarks about Mexico and border security.

“They’re sending people who have a lot of problems,” he said during his 2016 campaign launch. “They’re bringing drugs. They’re bringing crime. They’re rapists. And some, I assume, are good people.”

Cruz said on Sunday that he agrees with Trump’s calls for improved border security.

“First, we secure the borders and then we can discuss what to do with all the people who are already here,” he said of America’s undocumented immigrant population.

“I am a passionate advocate for legal immigrants,” added Cruz, whose father is a Cuban immigrant.

Cruz argued that the political establishment in both parties are against his position on immigration reform.

“The Washington cartel supports amnesty,” he said. “The Washington cartel does not support securing our borders.”

“Here’s the sad truth: A lot of Republicans in the Washington cartel are in favor of amnesty, too.”