A top Republican National Committee official said Thursday he agreed with Rep. Pete King's assertion that Sen. Ted CruzRafael (Ted) Edward CruzHow conservative conspiracy theories are deepening America's political divide Gianforte halts in-person campaigning after wife, running mate attend event with Guilfoyle Trump administration grants funding extension for Texas testing sites 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 TrumpNew Jersey incumbents steamroll progressive challengers in primaries Tucker Carlson ratchets up criticism of Duckworth, calls her a 'coward' Trump on Confederate flag: 'It's freedom of speech' 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.