The President said Tuesday that Rep. Joaquin Castro (D-Texas) “has no idea how much it would hurt” if he were killed.
Castro, who has represented Texas for 25 years, has been under the microscope since House Speaker Paul Ryan (R-Wis.) said he was considering ordering House Republicans to expel him from the chamber if he didn’t immediately resign.
Trump’s comments came during a visit to Austin, Texas, where he was meeting with Texas Gov.
Greg Abbott (R).
Trump said that the “horrific attack” on Castro was “horrible” and that he was “saddened” by the situation.
“He’s a nice guy, a really nice guy,” Trump said of Castro, adding that he doesn’t know why “the hell” Cruz and others would attack him.
“You don’t go and attack somebody that you don’t know.”
The president, who was in Austin for the Republican Governors Association conference, said he would be meeting with Castro later in the day.
“We’re going to be talking about all of the things that are happening in Texas,” Trump told reporters.
“It’s an unbelievable situation.”
Castro said on Tuesday that he didn://t know Trump and that the two had a “good relationship.”
“I don’t want to say I’m shocked by what’s happening,” Castro said in an interview with ABC News.
“I think the president has a lot of respect for me.
We’re both Republicans, we both believe in limited government.
We both have a good relationship with the president.
I just hope we don’t get into a fight.”
Trump on Tuesday also said that he thought the Senate should investigate the House’s attack on Cruz and the Texas Republican leadership for what he called a “complete and total attack on the speaker.”
“They did it with a completely devastating attack on Joaquin, the speaker,” Trump tweeted.
“I’m surprised by the reaction of some people, I really don’t think they realize what they’re doing.
They’re attacking the speaker with a total attack and a total lack of respect.”
Trump said Cruz was “so embarrassed” and called the attack “the worst thing he’s ever seen.”
“He was so embarrassed, he called me, he’s so embarrassed,” Trump added.
Cruz on Tuesday said that House Speaker Nancy Pelosi (D) and the rest of the leadership “had to be told” to immediately resign if they didn’t comply with a “constitutional requirement” to hold a vote on Cruz’s impeachment.
“They were told they have to resign,” Cruz said in a statement.
House Speaker John Boehner (R) has been criticized for failing to remove Cruz from the House chamber. “
The Speaker and the other leadership must immediately resign.”
House Speaker John Boehner (R) has been criticized for failing to remove Cruz from the House chamber.
Cruz is the only Republican House member to be indicted for criminal activity by the House Ethics Committee.
The House speaker said Tuesday the investigation into the House speaker’s actions was ongoing and said he “will continue to work with members and the House to ensure we uphold the law.”
“If I’m the speaker and I don’t like what happened, I’ll step down,” Boehner told ABC News in an exclusive interview.
This is an ongoing investigation, and I’m confident the House is going to come to the right decision,” Boehner added.””
In the interest of protecting the integrity of our democracy, the House will investigate these allegations and will report back to the House.”
“This is an ongoing investigation, and I’m confident the House is going to come to the right decision,” Boehner added.
“It is a serious matter.
I’m very confident that we’re going have a very fair investigation.”