CORRECTED: Cruz scolds reporter who brought up his daughters

CORRECTED: Cruz scolds reporter who brought up his daughters
© Greg Nash

CORRECTION: An earlier version of this story misidentified the reporter asking Cruz a question about his children.

Sen. Ted CruzRafael (Ted) Edward CruzHillicon Valley: Twitter flags Trump tweet for 'glorifying violence' | Cruz calls for criminal investigation into Twitter over alleged sanctions violations | Senators urge FTC to investigate TikTok child privacy issues Cruz calls for criminal investigation into Twitter over alleged Iranian sanction violations On The Money: Trump signs order targeting social media firms' legal protections | 2M more Americans file new jobless claims, pushing total past 40M | White House to forgo summer economic forecast amid COVID-19, breaking precedent MORE (R-Texas) accused White House reporter Andrew Feinberg of playing a "nasty Washington game" after the reporter brought up the senator's children while posing a question about Hunter Biden.

The interaction occurred on Monday during a break in the impeachment trial. President TrumpDonald John TrumpMichael Flynn transcripts reveal plenty except crime or collusion 50 people arrested in Minneapolis as hundreds more National Guard troops deployed Missouri state lawmaker sparks backlash by tweeting 'looters deserve to be shot' MORE's defense team during arguments that day argued that the Ukrainian energy company Burisma had hired Hunter Biden because his father was vice president. 

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Feinberg, who covers the White House for Breakfast Media and previously worked for Sputnik News, responded to a point Cruz made by stating that the Trump defense team had not pointed to any crimes committed by Biden as they attacked his reputation and image.

"But senator, none of the president's attorneys mentioned one single possible crime," Feinberg said. "Basically, what they said is [Hunter Biden] got a job, his dad was vice president. I mean, if that's a crime, shouldn't half of your children be in prison?" 

"My children are 9 and 11," Cruz replied to laughs from lawmakers and some reporters.

"I'm sorry you want to throw a 9-year-old in prison. At this point, my third-grader plays basketball and softball at her school, so stop playing the nasty Washington game," he added.

"That's not a nasty Washington game," Feinberg responded.

"Attacking a 9-year-old?" Cruz shot back as he moved on.