Donald Trump was not surprised by the speech delivered by Sen. Ted Cruz to the Republican National Convention.
The Texas senator had reportedly spoken by phone to Trump on Monday, informing him that he would not be giving an endorsement during his speech to the GOP convention, according to the Washington Examiner.
Convention delegates booed Cruz during his address Wednesday after it became clear he was not going to make any formal endorsement of the GOP nominee. The strained relationship between Trump and Cruz has continued after a bitter primary contest that ended in May when Cruz dropped out of the race.
The former rivals met in person a few weeks ago in Washington, according to Cruz adviser Jason Johnson, and Cruz made it clear at the time an endorsement would not be forthcoming. He repeated his intentions in the phone conversation this week, the Examiner reported.
“Sen. Cruz told him directly that there was not be an endorsement,” Johnson said after the speech. “It would have been Trump’s right at that time to say not to show up, and that decision would have been accepted.”
Johnson rejected any notion that the refusal to endorse Trump was a calculated move by Cruz to position himself for another presidential bid in four years.
“The political calculation here — if what you’re really thinking about is 2020 — is, walk on the stage and endorse the guy,” Johnson said.
New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie criticized the “awful, selfish speech” by Cruz. The former presidential candidate endorsed Trump back in February and has remained a loyal supporter.
Convention delegates booed Cruz as it became clear in his speech that he was not going to endorse Trump. In fact, the senator only mentioned Trump once, saying “I want to congratulate Donald Trump on winning the nomination,” and then turned to the theme of freedom.
Trump, who entered the arena as Cruz was speaking, commented on the booing but acknowledged that he knew there would be no endorsement
Social media reaction was mixed.