Donald Trump uncharacteristically apologized to Ted Cruz after insulting his spouse and father through the 2016 marketing campaign — just for the Texas senator to nonetheless refuse to endorse Trump on the Republican conference.
In a brand new memoir, then-Trump marketing campaign supervisor Paul Manafort writes: “On his personal initiative, Trump did apologize for saying among the issues he stated about Cruz, which was uncommon for Trump.”
The telling vignette – maybe embarrassing for 2 highly effective republicans who’ve since cast an alliance of comfort – is in Political Prisoner: Hunted, Prosecuted, However Not Silenced, to be printed within the US subsequent month. The Guardian has obtained a duplicate.
Manafort was Trump’s marketing campaign supervisor between Could and August 2016.
Imprisoned on tax fees in a case stemming from the investigation into Russian interference within the election and ties between Trump and Moscow, Manafort didn’t contact Trump and was pardoned simply earlier than the top of Trump’s time period in energy.
In his memoir, he denies collusion with Russia, laments his experiences by the hands of the American justice system, admits to not directly advising Trump in 2020 whereas beneath home arrest, and expresses robust assist for an additional Trump marketing campaign in 2024.
In 2016, in a brutal major, Trump implied that Cruz’s spouse was ugly and linked his father to the assassination of John F. Kennedy. He additionally questioned whether or not Canadian-born Cruz was match to be president of the US and coined an enduring nickname, Lyin’ Ted.
Manafort’s account of Trump’s apology for such slurs might shock each males.
Trump is legendary for by no means apologizing, both in his enterprise profession or throughout his seven years throughout the US political scene.
And when Cruz ultimately got here out alongside Trump, in September 2016, he said: “Neither he nor his marketing campaign ever took again a phrase they stated about my spouse and household.”
Now Manafort says Trump did apologize — and to Cruz’s face for it.
Describing a gathering designed to get Cruz’s endorsement earlier than the conference in Cleveland in July, Manafort writes that the senator stated he would work with the person who beat him to second place within the major, however wouldn’t formally endorse him, “as a result of his supporters have not. Need him to.”
Manafort writes: “It was a compelled justification for somebody who’s normally very affordable. Trump did not purchase it.”
Trump however apologized, Manafort writes, after which “instructed Cruz that he noticed him as an ally, not an enemy, and that he believed they might work collectively when Trump was president.”
Not less than initially, Trump’s effort was in useless. In his speech on the conference, Cruz didn’t endorse Trump and was booed by the gang. The senator’s spouse, Heidi Cruz, escorted her out of the sector, out of concern for her security.
Manafort accuses Cruz aides of a “double deal” and describes Trump declaring “that is bullshit” whereas the senator spoke, then strolling to the again of the conference corridor, “successfully drawing consideration away from Cruz and chopping quick his speech.
“LaCruz then obtained the message that there was a technical downside – a legit glitch – and the voice dropped on his speech.”
The footage of the speech doesn’t clearly present such a technical glitch.
Cruz, Manafort writes, was “very indignant. It took months to revive that relationship. However ultimately Cruz got here to assist Trump, and Trump had no sick will.”
Whether or not Cruz and Trump harbor sick will towards Manafort, for undermining Cruz’s declare that he by no means obtained an apology and for saying Trump gave a uncommon one, stays to be seen, in fact.