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Trump: The National Enquirer Actually Has ‘a Very Good Record of Being Right’

Donald Trump eschewed an opportunity to condemn a National Enquirer article claiming his opponent, Ted Cruz, has conducted a number of affairs with his female staff. The Enquirer, Trump said this morning, “actually has a very good record of being right.”

Trump, in an appearance on ABC’s This Week, accused Ted Cruz of starting their current spat, and suggested his campaign is (illegally) coordinating with an anti-Trump super PAC:

He’s the one that started it. And from what I hear, he and his campaign went out and bought the cover shoot. She did a — Melania did a cover story for ‘GQ,’ a very strong modeling picture. No big deal. But it was a cover story for ‘GQ,’ a big magazine. And it was, you know, fine. And from what I hear, somebody bought the — the rights to it and he was the one or his campaign bought the rights and they gave it to the super PAC. And just so you understand, that super PAC is very friendly to Ted Cruz. He knew all about it, 100 percent. So he started it. I didn’t start it.

“This story, this — that we see in The National Enquirer, this kind of rumor-mongering, should this kind of thing just be off limits?” ABC’s Jon Karl asked. ”Do you condemn this story?”

“I don’t care, I’m really, I don’t care,” Trump replied. “The National Enquirer did a story, it was their story, it wasn’t my story, it was about Ted Cruz. I have no idea whether it was right or not. They actually have a very good record of being right. … I hope it’s not right.”

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