Cruz calls Trump a 'flash-bang grenade' in Time 100 profile

Sen. Ted CruzRafael (Ted) Edward CruzFiorina: Biden picking Harris for VP 'a smart choice' Russian news agency pushed video of Portland protestors burning a Bible: report After trillions in tax cuts for the rich, Republicans refuse to help struggling Americans MORE (R-Texas) hailed President TrumpDonald John TrumpNew Bob Woodward book will include details of 25 personal letters between Trump and Kim Jong Un On The Money: Pelosi, Mnuchin talk but make no progress on ending stalemate | Trump grabs 'third rail' of politics with payroll tax pause | Trump uses racist tropes to pitch fair housing repeal to 'suburban housewife' Biden commemorates anniversary of Charlottesville 'Unite the Right' rally: 'We are in a battle for the soul of our nation' MORE as a "flash-bang grenade thrown into Washington," writing in a profile published Thursday that the president had delivered on his promise to "disrupt the status quo."

"President Trump is a flash-bang grenade thrown into Washington by the forgotten men and women of America," Cruz wrote in a profile for Time magazine's list of "most influential people of 2018."

"The fact that his first year as Commander in Chief disoriented and distressed members of the media and political establishment is not a bug but a feature."


Cruz's praise for Trump underscored how the senator's views on the real estate mogul have shifted since the two sparred bitterly during the 2016 Republican presidential primaries.

During the 2016 race, Trump suggested that Cruz's father was involved in the John F. Kennedy assassination, and retweeted a tweet critical of Cruz's wife's appearance.

But on Thursday, Cruz offered a glowing assessment of the first 15 months of Trump's presidency, writing that the president has not only upset "coastal elites" with his disruptive style, but that "their confusion is great fun to watch."

Among the accomplishments touted by Cruz were a series of GOP-led tax cuts signed into law by Trump in December and an international pressure campaign against North Korea.