Cruz on GOP-Trump feud: 'Shut up and do your job'

Cruz on GOP-Trump feud: 'Shut up and do your job'
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Sen. Ted CruzRafael (Ted) Edward CruzVideo surfaces of Beto O'Rourke playing the Ramones' 'Blitzkrieg Bop' in a mask and onesie Group aiming to draft Beto O’Rourke unveils first 2020 video Howard Dean looking for a 'younger, newer' Democratic nominee in 2020 MORE (R-Texas) is warning his GOP colleagues to stop fighting with President Trump and focus on passing the party's agenda. 

"It's like you’re back in junior high. ... We've got a job to do, damn it, and so all of this nonsense, I got nothing to say on it. Everyone shut up and do your job, is my view," Cruz told conservative radio host Mark Davis on Wednesday.

Cruz was asked about Republican Sens. Bob CorkerRobert (Bob) Phillips CorkerSen. Risch has unique chance to guide Trump on foreign policy The Memo: Romney moves stir worries in Trump World Senate GOP names first female members to Judiciary panel MORE (Tenn.) and Jeff FlakeJeffrey (Jeff) Lane FlakeSchumer recruiting top-notch candidate for McCain Senate seat The Hill's Morning Report — Trump eyes wall money options as shutdown hits 21 days Poll: Sanders most popular senator, Flake least MORE (Ariz.), who offered blistering criticism of Trump on Tuesday, but he didn't directly mention the two in his response.

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He added that Americans are "frustrated" by Republicans’ inability to make good on years-long campaign promises. 

"Well I think it's unfortunate the nastiness that pervades Washington now and political battles of personality that consume seemingly every minute of the media attention and an awful lot of time and energy here in this town," he said. 

Trump and his White House have been locked in a fight with Corker and Flake, both of whom will not seek reelection in 2018. 

Flake used a floor speech on Tuesday announcing his retirement to take aim at both the president and his own party. Meanwhile, Corker told CNN that Trump is “debasing” the country, isn't a role model for children and that he regrets supporting him. 

Cruz, who ran for president last year, was a frequent target of Trump's during the Republican primary and did not endorse Trump during his speech at the Republican National Convention. 

But he's aligned himself more closely with leadership on the GOP ObamaCare repeal effort, including taking part in a working group convened by Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnellAddison (Mitch) Mitchell McConnellAir travel union leaders warn of 'unprecedented' safety risks as shutdown continues On The Money: Shutdown Day 33 | Fight over State of the Union | Pelosi tells Trump no speech on Tuesday | Trump teases 'alternative' address | Trump adviser warns shutdown could hurt growth | Mulvaney seeks list of vulnerable programs Demonstrators protesting shutdown arrested outside McConnell's office MORE (R-Ky.).

Discussing the GOP health-care effort, he argued that it was moderates, not conservatives, who had shelved the effort. 

"Alright big boys, we got a majority and you know who it is who is screwing up governing? It's the so-called elder statesman moderates," he said.