Republican presidential candidate Donald Trump said in a Wednesday interview that Sen. [crscore]Ted Cruz[/crscore]’s birth status may be “a problem” for him if the Democrats sue over his eligibility to be president.
Trump was responding to a question from MSNBC “Morning Joe” host Joe Scarborough, who asked about concerns that Cruz may not be qualified to be president because of where he was born.
The U.S. Constitution requires the president to be a “natural born citizen.” Cruz was born in Calgary, Canada to an American mother and a Cuban father. (VIDEO: Trump Clarifies Clinton Attack Strategy: ‘There’s So Many Things To Attack Them On’)
Scarborough said to Trump, “This [eligibility to be president] is something obviously you talked before with Barack Obama. It’s something that I suspect we’re going to be hearing more about in the next couple weeks. Is there any validity to those claims?”
Trump replied, “Well, I mean honestly, I hope that’s not the case. I hope that’s not going to be a problem for him, but I’ve been hearing a lot about it, and you’ve been hearing, and I guess everybody’s talking about it now that he’s doing better.”
“I think that they are looking at it. And it’s a problem for him, and it’s a problem obviously for the Republicans because if the Democrats, let’s assume he got a nomination and the Democrats bring suit. The suit takes two to three years to solve. So how do you run?”
“So it’s certainly a concern, I guess, for the party. But I hope that’s not the case. I’m not involved in that,” Trump claimed. “But a lot of people are bringing it up, absolutely.”
Sen. Cruz’s tweeted a response to Trump which was a link to a YouTube video of Fonzie jumping the Shark on “Happy Days.”
— Ted Cruz (@tedcruz) January 5, 2016