Texas Republican Sen. Ted Cruz is “perhaps not” eligible to be president, Donald Trump said in an interview with ABC News on Sunday.
Appearing on “This Week,” Trump, who has famously questioned the validity of President Barack Obama’s birth certificate, was pressed on whether Canadian-born Tea Party firebrand Cruz is eligible to hold office as commander in chief one day.
“Ted Cruz, born in Canada — is he eligible to be president of the United States?” ABC News host Jonathan Karl asked.
“Well, if he was born in Canada, then perhaps not,” Trump replied. “But I’m not sure where he was born.”
“He was definitely born in Canada,” Karl said.
“Okay, well then you will have to ask him that question. But, perhaps not,” Trump said.
Watch the clip, courtesy of Mediaite:
The United States Constitution mandates that only “natural-born citizens” may hold the office of president, a term not clearly defined.
While Cruz was born in Canada, his mother is a U.S. citizen and Cruz has dismissed claims he is not eligible to be president in the past.
“I’m not going to engage in a legal debate. The facts are clear,” Cruz said in July. “I can tell you where I was born and who my parents were. And then as a legal matter, others can worry about that. I’m not going to engage.”
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