GOP Sen. Ted Cruz of Texas has asserted that his Republican colleagues who are currently engaged in a war of words with President Donald Trump should end their arguments and focus exclusively on helping pass the party agenda in Congress.
On Oct. 25, Cruz weighed in on the public tensions between Trump and GOP Sens. Bob Corker of Tennessee and Jeff Flake of Arizona.
"It's like you're back in junior high ... We've got a job to do, dammit, and so all of this nonsense, I got nothing to say on it," Cruz told conservative radio host Mark Davis, according to The Hill. "Everyone shut up and do your job, is my view."
On Oct. 24, Corker blasted Trump after the two politicians traded insults on social media. The Tennessee senator disclosed that he would not support the president for reelection.
"He's obviously not going to rise to the occasion as president ... I think the debasement of our nation will be what he'll be remembered most for, and that's regretful," Corker told CNN.
That same day, Flake called on his Republican colleagues to denounce Trump's personal behavior.
"I'm aware that there's a segment of my party that believes that anything short of complete and unquestioning loyalty to a president who belongs to my party is unacceptable and suspect ... the notion that we should say or do nothing in the face of such mercurial behavior is ahistoric and, I believe, profoundly misguided," Flake said on the Senate floor, according to The New York Times.
Both Corker and Flake have announced plans to retire from Congress when their current terms expire in 2018. Trump took to social media to blast both Senate Republicans for their criticisms of his conduct.
"The reason Flake and Corker dropped out of the Senate race is very simple, they had zero chance of being elected," Trump tweeted out. "Now act so hurt & wounded!"
Cruz stated during his radio interview that Republican infighting was crowding out the party's legislative agenda.
"Well I think it's unfortunate the nastiness that pervades Washington now and political battles of personality that consume seemingly every minute of the media attention and an awful lot of time and energy here in this town," Cruz said.
Cruz and Trump ran against each other during the 2016 Republican primary. Their public relationship became acrimonious after Trump questioned Cruz's citizenship, ridiculed his wife's physical appearance, and suggested that his father had played a role in the assassination of former President John F. Kennedy.
"This man is a pathological liar," Cruz said of Trump in May 2016. "He doesn't know the difference between truth and lies ... The man cannot tell the truth, but he combines it with being a narcissist -- a narcissist at a level I don't think this country's ever seen."
Cruz officially endorsed Trump for the presidency in September 2016.