At the Milwaukee townhall last night, Ted Cruz accused Donald Trump's allies of seeking to publish a story in the National Enquirer that alleged that the Texas senator has had several romantic affairs with unnamed women. Cruz pointed to political activist Roger Stone, who was once a consultant to Trump, and National Enquirer CEO David Pecker as having conspired in putting out the story that he has denied time and again.
 
Responding to CNN moderator Anderson Cooper, Cruz said "The story, on its face, quoted one person on the record: Roger Stone," adding, "Roger Stone has been Donald Trump's chief political adviser. He planned and ran his presidential campaign and he's been his hatchet man -- he's spent 40 years as a hatchet man. But not only that, the head of the National Enquirer, a guy named David Pecker, is good friends with Donald Trump."
For its part, on the day of the publication of the article, the National Enquirer's parent company, American Media Inc.,  released a statement saying that "no one influences" the supermarket tabloid magazine "other than our own reporters and editors."
 
"We stand by the integrity of our coverage and remain committed to our aggressive reporting on such an important topic," the statement said. 
 
Trump campaign spokeswoman Hope Hicks told CNN in a statement "Mr. Trump had no knowledge of this story."

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Spero News writer Martin Barillas is a former US diplomat, who also worked as a democracy advocate and election observer in Latin America. His first novel 'Shaken Earth', is available at Amazon.

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