In an interview this morning with CNN's Jake Tapper, Donald Trump responded to a recent swipe from GOP presidential rival Ted Cruz.
"I expect to get it on" with Cruz, Trump said, "because I'm leading by a lot. I'm leading him by a lot." "I'm more capable, I have a much better temperament, I actually get along with people... better than he does."
"I don't think he does, though he's been so nice to me. I could say anything, and he'd say 'I agree, I agree.'"
JAKE TAPPER: [Ted Cruz] said that Paris and San Bernardino had given a seriousness to the race that, in his view, would hurt you because of, quote, "the question of judgment," which he says, "is a challenging question for you."
DONALD TRUMP: Yeah, well, I'll tell you what, my judgment is great.
I built a multi, multi-billion dollar company. Some of the greatest assets in the world, tremendously big, number one best-sellers, including "The Art of the Deal," which may be the biggest and best in terms of the business books. Tremendous television show called "The Apprentice" which lasted for 14 seasons. and by the way, NBC came, they would beg me to do it again, as you can imagine.
TRUMP: And I said no, and they're going to sign or signed Arnold Schwarzenegger.
TAPPER: Well, I don't think he's questioning your success.
TRUMP: No, no, no. You don't make that kind of success without judgment. Don't forget this, I was against the war in Iraq. I told everybody. You have all the documents.
TAPPER: Back in 2004?
TRUMP: In 2003 and 2004.
TAPPER: I couldn't find anything in 2003.
TRUMP: I was against going into Iraq. That's good judgment. I was for bombing the oil before anybody else thought about it. That's good judgment. I have great judgment. I would say I have far better judgment than Ted and I think I have a really great temperament. It's a strong temperament. When they chop heads off of Christians in the middle east, and other people also, when they chop off heads and when they treat people the way -- we're like Medieval times, having a strong temperament is good.
Jeb Bush said his tone is very tough, about me. My tone is very strong. I said, isn't that a good thing?
Part two of the interview, via CNN: