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Trump Takes a Swipe at Cruz By Promoting His Own 'New York Values' Moment Ahead of Primary


"A great honor to visit the 9/11 Memorial Museum with my wife today."

Donald Trump speaks during a campaign rally Saturday in Fountain Hills, Ariz. (AP/Matt York)

Republican presidential frontrunner Donald Trump seemed to take a stab at rival Texas Sen. Ted Cruz when he tweeted a picture of himself and his wife visiting the 9/11 Memorial Museum in New York City on Saturday.

Trump's tweet featured him and Melania walking past the Virgil inscription on the wall that reads, "NO DAY SHALL ERASE YOU FROM THE MEMORY OF TIME." Adding the hashtag #NewYorkValues, Trump tweeted the picture of himself and Melania walking at the museum with the caption, "A great honor to visit the 9/11 Memorial Museum with my wife, @MELANIATRUMP, today."

In his tweet, Trump was referring to Cruz's earlier comment during a January debate in which he criticized Trump for embodying "New York values." Cruz later offered an apology to "the millions of New Yorkers who have been let down by liberal politicians" after Trump called him out for his comments.

"New York is a great place, it’s got great people, it’s got loving people, wonderful people," Trump had retorted. "When the World Trade Center came down, I saw something that no place on Earth could have handled more beautifully, more humanely than New York ... And the people in New York fought and fought and fought. And we saw more death. And even the smell of death. Nobody understood it. And it was with us for months. The smell, the air. And we rebuilt downtown Manhattan. And everybody in the world watched and everybody in the world loved New York and loved New Yorkers. And I have to tell you, that was a very insulting statement that Ted made."

Tensions continue to rise between the two candidates as they await New York state's primary on Tuesday, April 19.

After the Trumps' visit, museum officials announced that the couple had made a $100,000 donation to the institution, according to the New York Post. The Trump campaign also issued a statement saying, "Mr. and Mrs. Trump were proud to pay their respects at the 9/11 Memorial Museum today in downtown Manhattan. They were given a tour by museum President and CEO Joe Daniels, along with other museum officials and representatives of the NYPD and PAPD."

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