Republican front-runner Donald Trump did not walk back his comments about Ted Cruz’s father Rafael being involved with Lee Harvey Oswald in the JFK assassination when asked by George Stephanopoulos on abc’s Good Morning America.
The story was thrown out by the National Enquirer a tabloid known for completely invented stories and an occasional accurate one. The publication is owned by Trump’s good friend.
Trump quoted the bizarre and uncorroborated story on Fox & Friends Tuesday, asking the hosts why it wasn’t being talked about in the media.
“His father was with Lee Harvey Oswald prior to Oswald’s being — you know, shot,” Trump said Tuesday during an interview on Fox News. “I mean, the whole thing is ridiculous. What is this, right prior to his being shot, and nobody brings it up. They don’t even talk about that. That was reported, and nobody talks about it.”
The Cruz camp denied it strongly and immediately.
On Wednesday, Trump responded.
“What I was referring to was a picture that was reported and in a magazine, and I think they didn’t deny it. I don’t think anybody denied it,” Trump said Wednesday morning on ABC’s “Good Morning America.”
“Now, I don’t know what it was exactly,” he continued. “It was a major story in a major publication, and it was picked up by many other publications.”
“I’m just referring to an article that appeared; it has nothing to do with me,” Trump said.
In an appearance on Wolf Blitzer, he said he knew the story wasn’t true but he was responding to Rafael Cruz’s comments attacking him.
Speaking with CNN host Wolf Blitzer, Trump repeatedly said he never thought the theory he cited held water: “Of course I don’t believe it. I wouldn’t believe it. But I did say, let people read it.”
We have updated this story to include the Wolf Blitzer video which occurred later in the day