Could A Secret New York Times' Tape Destroy Donald Trump's Presidential Hopes? Ted Cruz Wants To Hear It!

  • by: Alan Duke

An off-the-record conversation between Donald Trump and the New York Times editorial board in January threatens to expose the billionaire as not really believing his own hardline immigration talk. Or does it?

The newspaper recorded the January 5, 2016, meeting, but it says it cannot release it since it was conducted under an agreement that it would remain private unless Trump asks them to publish it.

Most candidates take part in such editorial board meeting with media outlets and off-the-record rules are often applied.

Ted Cruz, however, is calling on Trump to ask the Times to make the recording public to clear up questions about what he said about immigration. This follows a report in Buzzed quoting "sources familiar with the recording and transcript" saying the Trump wavered on his hardline immigration rhetoric in private.

Any Trump quotes contradicting his stump speeches about deporting all illegal aliens could hurt his chances considering how Marco Rubio accuses him of being a con man who is selling false hopes to American voters and Cruz argues Trump is not a real conservative.

  Alan Duke

Editor-in-Chief Alan Duke co-founded Lead Stories after ending a 26-year career with CNN, where he mainly covered entertainment, current affairs and politics. Duke closely covered domestic terrorism cases for CNN, including the Oklahoma City federal building bombing, the UNABOMBER and search for Southeast bomber Eric Robert Rudolph. CNN moved Duke to Los Angeles in 2009 to cover the entertainment beat. Duke also co-hosted a daily podcast with former HLN host Nancy Grace, "Crime Stories with Nancy Grace" and hosted the podcast series "Stan Lee's World: His Real Life Battle with Heroes & Villains." You'll also see Duke in many news documentaries, including on the Reelz channel, CNN and HLN.

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