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Trump Says 9/11 Represents 'New York Values'

Donald Trump reacted to criticism from Sen. Ted Cruz Wednesday, saying that he equates “New York values” to “energy” after the September 11th attacks.
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Republican U.S. presidential candidate Donald Trump speaks during a campaign event at the Surf Ballroom in Clear Lake, Iowa, January 9.SCOTT MORGAN / Reuters

The feud between Donald Trump and Sen. Ted Cruz continues.

Donald Trump reacted to criticism from Republican presidential primary challenger Cruz Wednesday, saying that he equates “New York values” to “energy” that helped the city to persevere after the September 11th attacks.

"One thing it means is energy. You know, when the World Trade Center got hit, we rebuilt that World Trade Center and we got through and very few places in this world could have gotten through what we went through. I mean, I was so proud of New York, the World Trade Center, these two massive, 110 story buildings come down, thousands of people killed. I've never seen anything like it in my life. And immediately the rebuilding started,” Trump told conservative Radio host Howie Carr.

Texas Sen. Ted Cruz had opened a new line of attack against Trump, saying that he represents “New York values.” When asked to clarify by Fox News’ Megyn Kelly Tuesday what he meant, Cruz refused to specify, instead saying “the rest of the country knows exactly what New York values are.”

In a separate interview Wednesday on Bloomberg News’ “All Due Respect,” Trump further addressed the attack, saying, “When you knock New York, you’ve got to go through me. New York is an amazing place with amazing people.”

When Trump was asked by Carr if the “values” attack by Cruz was an effort to appeal to Iowa Evangelicals and value voters, Trump said, "I don't know what he's doing. I mean honestly he's very nervous. He's, ya know, very frightened by what's happening I guess." Trump then turned the discussion back onto Cruz by noting the discrepancy over his Canadian citizenship. "You gotta clear it up,” Trump said.