GOP front-runner Donald Trump threatened to “spill the beans” on Ted Cruz’s wife, Heidi, this week – leaving many Americans to wonder: What does he have on her?
Now Trump spokeswoman Katrina Pierson has made good on that threat, gushing with a list of attacks aimed at Heidi.
“Spilling the beans is quite simple when it comes to Heidi Cruz,” Pierson said in an interview with MSNBC’s Steve Kornacki.
“She is a Bush operative; she worked for the architect of NAFTA, which has killed millions of jobs in this country; she was a member on the Council on Foreign Relations who – in Sen. Cruz’s own words, called a ‘nest of snakes’ that seeks to undermine national sovereignty; and she’s been working for Goldman Sachs, the same global bank that Ted Cruz left off of his financial disclosure,” Pierson said.
She continued, “Her entire career has been spent working against everything Ted Cruz says that he stands for.”
Watch a video of Pierson “spilling the beans” on Heidi Cruz:
Pierson’s revelations about Heidi Cruz aren’t new. WND reported a year ago on her former membership in the Council on Foreign Relations and her role in the crafting of a CFR document espousing North American unity.
Cruz spokesman Rick Tyler, emphasized in a 2015 response to WND that the senator has never been a member of CFR and harshly criticized the organization during his 2012 U.S. Senate campaign as a threat to U.S. sovereignty, even though his wife was a member at the time.
Tyler noted that at a campaign event in Tyler, Texas, in 2011, Cruz called CFR “a pernicious nest of snakes” that is “working to undermine our sovereignty.”
Her term expired in 2011, Tyler said, and she was one of 31 members assigned to the task force that produced the “Building a North American Community” report.
“Her contribution to the report was narrowly focused on economic issues,” Tyler told WND. “She said as much in her dissenting view included in the report.”
On the CFR website, Heidi Cruz is listed as one of 31 members of the Task Force on the Future of North America.
The CFR website further specifies she served in the George W. Bush White House under Condoleezza Rice as the economic director for the Western Hemisphere at the National Security Council. She previously served as the director of the Latin America office at the U.S. Treasury Department and as special assistant to Ambassador Robert B. Zoellick, U.S. trade representative.
Prior to government service, Heidi Cruz was an investment banker with J.P. Morgan in New York City.
She is not listed as a member in the current Council of Foreign Relations roster.
On Pages 33-34 of CFR’s “Building a North American Community,” Heidi Cruz wrote a paragraph included under “Additional and Dissenting Views” that contended economic investment must be led by the private sector rather than government:
I support the Task Force report and its recommendations aimed at building a safer and more prosperous North America. Economic prosperity and a world safe from terrorism and other security threats are no doubt inextricably linked. While governments play an invaluable role in both regards, we must emphasize the imperative that economic investment be led and perpetuated by the private sector. There is no force proven like the market for aligning incentives, sourcing capital, and producing results like financial markets and profit-making businesses. This is simply necessary to sustain a higher living standard for the poorest among us – truly the measure of our success. As such, investment funds and financing mechanisms should be deemed attractive instruments by those committing the capital and should only be developed in conjunction with market participants.
It’s also widely known that Heidi was an investment manager at Goldman Sachs’ private wealth management office in Houston before Ted Cruz announced his campaign for president.
In response to the Trump campaign’s statements about Heidi, Cruz spokeswoman Alice Stewart told the Hill: “There’s no low the Trump campaign won’t go.”
Trump’s threat to “spill the beans,” posted on Twitter, came in response to an advertisement featuring a photo of Trump’s wife, Melania, posing nude for a January 2000 G.Q. shoot. The ad was run by anti-Trump super PAC Make America Awesome, and Cruz has denied any affiliation with the PAC.
Just minutes before polls closed in Arizona Tuesday evening, Trump tweeted: “Lyin’ Ted Cruz just used a picture of Melania from a G.Q. shoot in his ad. Be careful, Lyin’ Ted, or I will spill the beans on your wife!”
Cruz condemned the ad, called Trump a “sniveling coward” and told the GOP front-runner to “leave Heidi the hell alone.”
Then Trump fired off a re-tweet that appeared to compare the physical looks of Heidi Cruz and Melania Trump.
Cruz responded, “Donald, real men don’t attack women. Your wife is lovely, and Heidi is the love of my life.”
Earlier in the MSNBC interview, Pierson argued, “This isn’t about Heidi Cruz. This is about Melania Trump. Melania Trump was the one that was attacked.”