A top Republican National Committee official said Thursday he agreed with Rep. Pete King's assertion that Sen. Ted CruzRafael (Ted) Edward CruzCruz no longer wearing mask in Capitol The Hill's Morning Report - Presented by Tax March - CDC in limbo on J&J vax verdict; Rep. Brady retiring Democrats brace for new 'defund the police' attacks 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 TrumpBiden administration still seizing land near border despite plans to stop building wall: report Illinois House passes bill that would mandate Asian-American history lessons in schools Overnight Defense: Administration says 'low to moderate confidence' Russia behind Afghanistan troop bounties | 'Low to medium risk' of Russia invading Ukraine in next few weeks | Intelligence leaders face sharp questions during House worldwide threats he 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.