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‘Lying Ted’ Cruz visits Trump, is being considered as Attorney General, source says

Cruz visits Trump in New York, setting aside bitter Republican primary battle that saw President-elect mock his honesty and the appearance of his wife

PUBLISHED : Thursday, 17 November, 2016, 10:05am
UPDATED : Thursday, 17 November, 2016, 10:31am

US President-elect Donald Trump is considering nominating Texas Senator Ted Cruz, his bitter primary-race rival, to serve as US attorney general, according to a person familiar with the matter.

Cruz, 45, was at Trump Tower in New York on Tuesday. When approached by reporters on his way out, Cruz said the election was a mandate for change but didn’t say he was under consideration for a job.

Cruz unsuccessfully sought the Republican presidential nomination. He and Trump were at odds during the primary, viciously attacking one another. Trump nicknamed Cruz “Lyin’ Ted.”

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Trump also retweeted a picture that compared the appearance of Cruz’s wife, Heidi, to that of Trump’s ex-model wife, Melania. Trump also threatened to “spill the beans” on Heidi Cruz during the primary race.

Cruz didn’t endorse Trump during a speech at the Republican National Convention in Cleveland, prompting a furious backlash from Trump supporters. In September, relations between the two men seemed to improve when Cruz said he would vote for Trump.

Asked for comment, Cruz spokeswoman Catherine Frazier said, “Cruz is focused on serving Texans in the Senate. He was there today to offer help in promoting the conservative policies that were campaigned on and that he’s long fought for.”

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Amid power struggles that have hindered the Trump team’s efforts to form a new government, Trump took to Twitter late Tuesday and early Wednesday to defend the process.

“Very organized process taking place as I decide on Cabinet and many other positions. I am the only one who knows who the finalists are!” Trump wrote. “It is going so smoothly.”

Cruz, a champion debater at Princeton, earned a Harvard law degree before clerking for Supreme Court Chief Justice William Rehnquist. After private practice, he advised George W. Bush’s 2000 presidential campaign, then took posts in his administration.

Appointed solicitor general of Texas in 2003, Cruz argued nine cases before the Supreme Court. He won an underdog bid for US Senate in 2012. In Washington, he developed a reputation as stubborn and uncompromising. His opposition to Obamacare helped lead to a partial government showdown in 2013.

He once called Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell a liar on the chamber’s floor, and former House Speaker John Boehner once called Cruz “Lucifer in the flesh” and the most “miserable son of a bitch” he had ever worked with.

Grassroots adoration propelled Cruz to become the first major candidate to declare a 2016 presidential campaign, and he defeated Trump in the first-in-the-nation Iowa caucuses before Republican voters’ enthusiasm for the billionaire New Yorker overtook him.