Cruz uneasily debuts as Trump defender

Austin, Texas Ted Cruz offered his aboriginal all-encompassing aegis of his endorsement of Donald Trump actuality Saturday, crumbling to abjure his afire criticisms of Trump s antagonism but arguing he fabricated the best accommodation possible.Twenty-four hours afterwards decidedly abandoning his months-long action to his above Republican primary foe, Cruz uneasily addled for Trump s White House bid, assuming him as the best and alone advantage to stop Hillary Clinton. But he anesthetized on affairs to say that Trump was fit to be admiral and to booty aback some of his best notable attacks delivered aloof a few months ago. I accept had many, abounding disagreements with Donald Trump. And some of them you ve catalogued, Cruz said afterwards actuality apprehend several of the blame by accuser Evan Smith of the Texas Tribune. I don t anticipate it s advantageous to criticize the Republican appointee today. Cruz was anon confronted with the challenges of confined as a high-profile advocate of the Republican nominee. Introduced actuality at an account anniversary as the Republican agent of Texas and a Donald Trump supporter, Cruz anecdotal the key moments in Trump s courting of his coveted endorsement. Best acute was an affirmation from Indiana Gov. Mike Pence that Trump s abeyant Supreme Court amends nominations would be belted to the account of 21 justices broadcast by his attack — rather than aloof alleviative that agenda as a starting point. Hours afore the endorsement became official, Trump added Sen. Mike Lee, Cruz s abutting acquaintance in the Senator, to the list.Yet Cruz would not say back asked whether Trump is fit to be president. Cruz alone offered that he approved to stop him from acceptable the Republican appointee and that the acclamation is a bifold choice. Do you accede Donald Trump to be fit to be president? Smith asked at one point. I anticipate we accept one of two choices, Cruz said slowly, crumbling to acknowledgment back asked again.Cruz was asked again by voters and by Smith, who asked him to avert Trump s arguable positions, whether it is his alarm to ban some Muslim immigrants or his appearing abutment for civic stop-and-frisk action or his acclaim for Vladimir Putin. But Cruz parried that a Clinton admiral would be far added harrowing, and told those aggregate that he would not absorb the abutting two months as a Trump agent abetment his every position. On affair afterwards issue, Cruz encouraged Texans to vote their conscience — as he termed it back he memorably snubbed Trump at the Republican Civic Convention beforehand this summer.Yet Cruz bidding absolute affair about the political ramifications of his decision, anecdotic it as agonizing and acquainted that he was assertive to agitated a ample swath of his supporters. Several arresting bourgeois leaders — including some on Cruz s aggregation — counseled him not to affair an endorsement, yet he faced amazing political burden from some added aides, donors and Trump allies to toe the affair line.Trump floats added abeyant Supreme Court picks — including Sen. Mike LeeCruz recalled affair Republicans beyond the accompaniment who sobbed as they asked him to get abaft the nominee. And he aggregate that he has been account the online comments on Friday s Facebook advertisement closely. There was no advantage that wouldn t aftereffect with bodies who are deeply, acutely unhappy, Cruz said. No amount the decision, the criticism was activity to be: It s political or self-serving. Cruz said he did not actively accede voting for a third-party candidate, abrogation the top of the admission bare or autograph in a name for president, adage he could not accomplish a coherent, aboveboard and reasonable altercation for any of those options.At times jeered by industry leaders and political activists in this advanced enclave, Cruz accustomed some of his best acute acknowledgment back he appear that Trump had not apologized to his family. Trump during the attack took high-profile, again swipes at Cruz s wife and ancestor — and alike dredged them up during the accepted acclamation attack afterwards Cruz had alone out. My acceptance teaches me to forgive, with or after an apology, Cruz said, cogent the army that his ancestors absitively to not authority a animosity adjoin Trump. Both Heidi and my dad — they are strong, absolute people, he said.

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