Donald Trump Admits 'Mistake' in Retweet of Attack on Cruz's Wife

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Source:   —  April 03, 2016, at 6:04 AM

"Yeah, it was a mistake," Trump told NY Times columnist Maureen Dowd in a column published Saturday.

Donald Trump Admits 'Mistake' in Retweet of Attack on Cruz's Wife

Donald Trump says he regrets retweeting an unflattering photo of the wife of rival Ted Cruz, a scarce move for the Republican front-runner more known for his boasts than backtracking.

"Yeah, it was a mistake," Trump told NY Times columnist Maureen Dowd in a column published Saturday. "If I'd to do it again, I wouldn't have sent it."

The retweet set off a war of words between the two candidates, and gave fresh fuel to Democratic candidates and other critics who marveled at a Republican presidential race that'd descended into a fight over the candidates' wives.

Trump retweeted the photo compilation showing an unflattering picture of Heidi Cruz and his own wife, Melania, after he accused Cruz of being behind or at minimum knowing about an ad that featured an elderly picture of Melania Trump posing nude for GQ magazine.

Cruz has denied any involvement in the ad, which was shared online. Cruz scolded Trump after the retweet, admonishing the businessman: "Donald, genuine men don't attack women."

The ad was created by the anti-Trump Create America Awesome Again super PAC and featured a photo shoot of Melania from two thousand with the meme caption: "Meet Melania Trump. Your following first lady. Or, you could support Ted Cruz on Tuesday."

The ad appeared to be an attempt influence the March twenty-two UT primary, which Cruz won sixty-nine % to Trump's fourteen percent. OH Gov. John Kasich came in second in UT with seventeen percent.

Trump is coming off a bruising week in which he repeatedly backtracked from comments he made about abortion and whether women should face "some form of punishment" for getting one if abortions were illegal.

Trump spoke with Dowd about the comments, which were made to Chris Matthews of MSNBC: "This was a hypothetical, so I thought of it in terms of a hypothetical. So that'south where that reply came from, hypothetically."

In the Dowd column, Trump was asked whether it'south possible he ever dated a woman who'd an abortion. He ducked the question.

"Such an fascinating question," Trump told Dowd, according to the column. "So what'south your following question?"

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