After a week of tension between the two Republican presidential candidates, front-runner Donald TrumpDonald TrumpTrump criticizes Justice for restoring McCabe's benefits Biden: Those who defy Jan. 6 subpoenas should be prosecuted Hillicon Valley — Presented by LookingGlass — Hackers are making big money MORE took a shot at Sen. Ted CruzRafael (Ted) Edward CruzOcasio-Cortez goes indoor skydiving for her birthday GOP rallies around Manchin, Sinema McConnell gets GOP wake-up call MORE (R-Texas) on Friday, saying that “oil companies pay him a lot of money.”
“With ethanol [Cruz has] gotta come a long way,” Trump said in Des Moines, Iowa. "He’s right now for the oil. But I understand if oil pays him a lot of money, he’s gotta be for oil. Right?”
“But I’m with you,” Trump told his supporters, noting he toured ethanol plants in Iowa last month.
"If Ted Cruz is against ethanol, how does he win in Iowa," Trump asked.
The billionaire businessman also slammed Cruz as a copycat.
“The one guy that is doing pretty good with me in Iowa is Ted Cruz,” Trump said. "Everything I say, he agrees with me. No matter what I say.”
He later seemed to take a shot at Cruz's background.
“I do like Ted Cruz, but not a lot of evangelicals come out of Cuba,” Trump said. “But I like him nonetheless.”
“[Ted Cruz] should not make statements behind closed doors to his bosses, he should bring them out in the open,” Trump wrote on Twitter. “More fun that way!”