During an interview with the Washington Post, Donald Trump said primary voters should consider where Ted Cruz was born before voting for him. Ted Cruz does not hide the fact that he was born in Alberta, Canada.
“Republicans are going to have to ask themselves the question: ‘Do we want a candidate who could be tied up in court for two years?’ That’d be a big problem.” Trump, discussing Ted Cruz eligibility to run for POTUS.
As you may know, under the Natural-born-citizen clause, The United States Constitution requires the president be a natural-born citizen.
“It’d be a very precarious one for Republicans because he’d be running and the courts may take a long time to make a decision. You don’t want to be running and have that kind of thing over your head.” Trump added.
Ted Cruz was automatically granted American citizenship at birth since his mother is an American citizen. In an interview with CNN, Cruz responded to Donald Trumps question about his eligibility.
“The legal issue is straightforward, the son of a US citizen born abroad is a natural-born citizen.” Cruz answered.
Some background information on the topic. The US Constitution does not define what natural-born citizen precisely means. People have their own opinions but constitutional and legal scholars say the term comprises:
All people born subject to the jurisdiction of the United States, including, generally, those born in the United States, those born to U.S. citizen parents in foreign countries, and those born in other situations meeting the legal requirements for U.S. citizenship “at birth”.