Cruz: I’ve shaken off my 2016 nickname, hard feelings from clash with Trump

Cruz: I’ve shaken off my 2016 nickname, hard feelings from clash with Trump
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Sen. Ted CruzRafael (Ted) Edward CruzOvernight Energy: Oil giants meet with Trump at White House | Interior extends tenure of controversial land management chief | Oil prices tick up on hopes of Russia-Saudi deal Oil giants meet at White House amid talk of buying strategic reserves Florida sheriff asks for new leads in disappearance of Carole Baskin's former husband after Netflix's 'Tiger King' drops MORE (R-Texas) quipped Saturday night that he has shaken off his clash with President TrumpDonald John TrumpOvernight Health Care: US hits 10,000 coronavirus deaths | Trump touts 'friendly' talk with Biden on response | Trump dismisses report on hospital shortages as 'just wrong' | Cuomo sees possible signs of curve flattening in NY We need to be 'One America,' the polling says — and the politicians should listen Barr tells prosecutors to consider coronavirus risk when determining bail: report MORE during the 2016 presidential primaries and the nickname Trump gave him.

"This was also a breakthrough year in which my presidential sobriquet went from 'Lyin’ Ted' to 'Beautiful Ted,' " Cruz joked at the Gridiron Club, according to Politico. "I gotta say, that new pet name felt like it really hit the mark. Why else do you think I’m growing a beard?"

"Anyway, silly nicknames can be hard to shed," he added. "Just ask my distinguished colleagues: Little Marco, Pocahontas and Spartacus."

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"In any event, I’m sure I’ve shaken off my 2016 nickname for good, along with any hard feelings that might have lingered from my clash with Donald Trump," Cruz added, according to the news outlet.

"Sometimes you just have to put minor squabbles behind you ... you know, like whether or not your dad was the guy on the grassy knoll."

Trump during the 2016 presidential campaign said Cruz's father associated with Lee Harvey Oswald not long before John F. Kennedy was assassinated.

The senator and the president most recently joined forces ahead of Cruz's reelection in the 2018 midterms.

In late October, Trump rebranded Cruz as "Beautiful Ted," saying the two had made up.

“He’s not Lyin’ Ted anymore. He’s Beautiful Ted,” Trump told reporters. "I like Ted."