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Ted Cruz and Donald Trump to Meet in NYC

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By    |   Tuesday, 14 Jul 2015 11:24 PM

Republican presidential contenders Texas Sen. Ted Cruz and billionaire developer Donald Trump will meet Wednesday at Trump Tower in New York City.

The meeting was confirmed by Republican Party members familiar with each campaign, The Washington Post reports. Aides to both candidates declined to comment on the matter.

This will not be the pair's first meeting, however. Cruz traveled to Trump Tower in November 2013 to seek the businessman's support as he weighed his White House bid.

The first-term senator announced that he was running in March.

Trump has come under fire for remarks about illegal immigration made during his announcement speech last month.

Respondents in the latest USA Today/Suffolk University Poll cited his views in helping to propel him to the top of the list of GOP contenders, with 17 percent. Former Florida Gov. Jeb Bush followed, with 14 percent.

While Trump has been slammed by opponents ranging from Bush to Florida Sen. Marco Rubio to former Texas Gov. Rick Perry, Cruz has steadfastly refused to attack the developer for his comments.

"I like Donald Trump," he told Chuck Todd in a "Meet the Press" interview earlier this month on NBC. "He’s bold, he’s brash."

Cruz blamed "the Washington cartel" for avoiding the immigration issue and encouraging "Republican-on-Republican violence."

"I salute Donald Trump for focusing on the need to address illegal immigration," Cruz said. "The Washington cartel doesn't want to address that.

"The Washington cartel doesn't believe that we should secure the borders. The Washington cartel supports amnesty, and I salute Donald Trump for focusing on it."

Trump, for his part, praised Cruz for his support, telling CNN this month: "I shouldn't say this because, I assume, he's an opponent, but the fact is he was very brave in coming out."

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