President Barack Obama poked fun at Texas Sen. Ted Cruz’s Canadian birth during a state dinner for Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau on Thursday evening.
During remarks at the dinner, Obama said that both Canada and the United States are committed to the principles of “equality and opportunity.”
“We see this in our current presidential campaign,” Obama said. “After all, where else could a boy born in Calgary grow up to run for president of the United States?”
Cruz’s Canadian birth has been a target of his GOP rival Donald Trump, who questioned Cruz’s eligibility to serve as president. Constitutional scholars are largely in agreement that because Cruz’s mother was a United States citizen when he was born, Cruz meets the criteria to be considered a “natural born citizen,” as stipulated by the Constitution.
(H/T: The Weekly Standard)