Ted Cruz Accuses Donald Trump of Planting National Enquirer Smear

"Mr. Trump, over the last 40 years in business, has had women in significant positions in his corporation that have done fantastic work", Lewandowski said.

The Texas senator told reporters in Oshkosh, Wisconsin, on Friday that the Republican presidential campaign has taken a "darker turn". Cruz also inferred nefarious timing of the National Enquirer story in a Friday press conference. It is complete and utter lies.

"It is a tabloid smear, and it is a smear that has come from Donald Trump and his henchmen".

"Likewise, I have nothing to do with the National Enquirer and unlike Lyin' Ted Cruz I do not surround myself with political hacks and henchman and then pretend total innocence", he wrote. For Donald J. Trump, to enlist his friends at the National...

On Thursday, Cruz angrily denounced Trump - calling him a "sniveling coward" - after the Republican frontrunner retweeted posts that mocked the appearance of Cruz's wife, Heidi, and comparing her unflatteringly to his own, former model wife, Melania.

In response to Mr. Cruz's comments, Mr. Trump's spokeswoman Hope Hicks said: "There is absolutely no truth to this".

The National Enquirer, a tabloid known for its gossip and unflattering celebrity photos, published blurred images of five women with whom it said Cruz has had affairs.

Trump and Cruz have sparred in recent days about their respective wives.

An anti-Trump political group unveiled a controversial campaign ad ahead of Tuesday's votes in Arizona and Utah that uses a photograph of Trump's wife Melania lying provocatively in his custom-fitted jet, naked and handcuffed to a briefcase. After Cruz responded with a tyrade, Trump shot back, threatening to "spill the beans" about Heidi Cruz, although he gave no hint of the alleged secret he planned to expose.

This is the first time that The National Enquirer has endorsed a candidate for president. Cruz is married to Heidi Cruz, who was campaigning with him on Friday. She sat off stage smiling while he spoke.

The hashtag #CruzSexScandal has exploded on Twitter.



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