Cruz offers Trump congratulations — but no endorsement — in convention speech

From The Washington Post:

While Cruz received steady cheers early in his speech, the convention hall grew divided later in his address, with some chanting that Cruz should endorse Trump. Then a commotion ensued, with delegates shouting and talking over each other and some booing.

Trump arrived at the convention hall as Cruz was wrapping up his speech, adding to the drama.

“I want to congratulate Donald Trump on winning the nomination last night,” Cruz said at the top of his speech at the Republican National Convention, his highest-profile address since ending his campaign for president in May.

Cruz then proceeded to tell an emotional story about a police officer slain in the mass shooting in Dallas.

“As I thought about what I wanted to say tonight, Michael Smith’s story weighed on my heart,” he said of the officer. “Maybe that’s because his daughter, Caroline, is about the same age as my eldest daughter and happens to share the same name.”

Later on, Cruz touted policies championed by Trump, such as building a wall on the U.S.-Mexico border, without mentioning the GOP nominee by name.

As Cruz wrapped up his speech, Donald trump made a surprise appearance in the arena. Heads turned to look at him and distracted from Cruz’s speech. Then, when Cruz finished, there were loud boos throughout the arena. At that instant, Trump walked down to his family VIP box waving to fans, flashing a grin and took a seat between Ivanka and Don Jr.

Earlier in the evening, another former Trump rival, Wisconsin Gov. Scott Walker, delivered a call and response address, nodding to the signs delegates held up in the arena where the convention is being held.

“America deserves better” than Hillary Clinton for president, was Walker’s message.

Florida Sen. Marco Rubio skipped the convention but recorded a brief …

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