He took the stage this afternoon (NZT) in the finale to the four-day Republican National Convention in Cleveland, Ohio. "He needed to toughen up like every other Republican loser of any nomination battle in the last 100 years since Abraham Lincoln and just suck it up, be a man and back the nominee that he was beaten by, fair and square". Ted Cruz is a Christian conservative who opposes Donald Trump for being too liberal and he is the one who's stood up and made a big stink at Mr Trump's coronation party. Ask individual delegates about Mrs Clinton and they get a glint in their eye - she's "evil" a "liar" "dangerous". Pence became the first national Republican leader to speak about who really is supporting Donald Trump in this election.
Cruz may be the most skilled debater and rhetorician in the party. The theme of the Republican event Thursday is "Make America One Again" and Trump's oldest daughter could help bring the GOP together.
Perhaps this is the made-for-television drama that Trump-who is, if nothing else, a supremely skilled manipulator of cable news coverage-had been promising all along.
Trump also mentioned violence against the LGBTQ community.
He also went on the offensive against Democratic candidate Hillary Clinton.
Oklahoma, Iowa, Kansas, Arkansas and Louisiana were the top five states searching for "Ted Cruz booed", according to Google.
A source familiar with the campaign inner circle's thinking but not authorized to speak publicly said Trump, his relatives and closest advisers were angry at Cruz's move and had expected, while not an endorsement, a warmer embrace of the nominee and less showmanship from the senator.
"All right, that was pretty well-orchestrated", he said.
Manafort criticized Cruz for breaking his pledge to support the GOP nominee.
If Cruz had endorsed Trump, that would have been fine. "That pledge was not a blanket commitment that if you go and slander and attack Heidi, that I'm going to nonetheless come like a servile puppy dog and say thank you very much for maligning my wife and maligning my father".
And Christie was at the RNC, defending Trump against plagiarism allegations in Melania Trump's speech that turned out to be true, and rallying Republicans to get behind Trump in November. They could've easily foreseen what Cruz would do, and thus should've agreed on what they would all say about a non-endorsement.
"It's personal to me because of what Donald Trump did to Ted's family and his father", Wright said.
The crucial question is whether Trump reaches the presidency.
Speaking to the New York Times, Mr Trump said the United States would only come to the aid of allies if they fulfilled their obligations to America. "Republicans, Democrats and independents who help build North Atlantic Treaty Organisation into the most successful military alliance in history would all come to the same conclusion: Donald Trump is temperamentally unfit and fundamentally ill-prepared to be our commander in chief".
In an interview with the New York Times Wednesday, he raised anew questions about whether, as president, he would come to a North Atlantic Treaty Organisation ally's defense if it were attacked, saying it would depend "if they fulfill their commitments to us". "We'll see where it ends up", he said. He only has roughly US$650,000 worth of TV and radio advertising booked between July 14 and November 7. Polling from the Texas Politics project sponsored by the University of Texas and Texas Tribune show Cruz entering the convention with a 75 percent favorability rating among Republicans and over 90 percent favorability among Tea Party identifiers.