A top Republican National Committee official said Thursday he agreed with Rep. Pete King's assertion that Sen. Ted CruzRafael (Ted) Edward CruzWhite House to convene social media summit after new Trump attacks GOP lays debate trap for 2020 Democrats O'Rourke on Senate bid backer Beyoncé: I will have to 'earn her support' for 2020 MORE was an "asshole."

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"I'd probably use the same verbiage,"  Sean Spicer said when asked if he agreed with King, who also called Cruz a "fraud" for refusing to endorse Donald TrumpDonald John Trump2020 Democrats spar over socialism ahead of first debate Senate passes .5 billion border bill, setting up fight with House 'Teflon Don' avoids the scorn of the 'family values' GOP — again MORE during his Republican National Convention speech a night earlier.

"I think that it is disappointing when somebody who is a leader in the conservative movement who knows what's at stake — I mean Ted Cruz, more than anybody, in terms of his background, knows what's at stake and chose to come here," Spicer continued.

"He could have just said, 'I'm not coming. I don't feel comfortable.' "

When asked if King should apologize for using vulgar language, Spicer dodged the question.

"Peter King's from New York, he uses very colorful language," Spicer said.

"I'll let him speak for himself."

Cruz on Wednesday told Republicans to vote their conscience and avoided endorsing Trump for president, drawing jeers from the delegates in Cleveland.

On Thursday, the Texas senator defended his decision, noting Trump had made personal attacks on Cruz's wife and father when they were rivals in the primary campaign.