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Donald Trump threatens to ‘spill the beans’ on Ted Cruz’s wife

Ted Cruz with his wife, Heidi, in North Carolina earlier this month. Gerry Broome/AP

Donald Trump apparently has no regrets about making a threat against rival Ted Cruz.

The GOP front-runner on Tuesday night tweeted that the Texas senator needed to ‘‘be careful’’ or he would ‘‘spill the beans on your wife.’’

Trump quickly deleted the tweet, but then reposted an edited version a few minutes later.

The change? This time, he called Cruz by the dismissive nickname he uses often: ‘‘Lyin’ Ted.’’

Trump appears to be upset about an ad in Utah that uses a photo of his wife, Melania, from a photo shoot that ran in GQ magazine more than a decade ago.


The ad wasn’t placed by Cruz’s campaign, but rather an outside group that’s opposed to Trump’s candidacy.

Cruz shot back with a tweet of his own, saying in part, ‘‘Donald, if you try to attack Heidi, you’re more of a coward than I thought.’’

Trump’s campaign didn’t immediately return messages seeking comment about the billionaire businessman’s tweet.