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Donald Trump Threatened To "Spill The Beans" On Ted Cruz's Wife — Twice

After an anti-Trump campaign used a photo of his wife in an ad, Donald Trump tweeted, then deleted, then tweeted again about Ted Cruz's wife.

Posted on March 22, 2016, at 10:30 p.m. ET

Republican frontrunner Donald Trump did not take kindly to a recent Facebook attack ad featuring his wife, Melania. It was paid for by the anti-Trump group Make America Awesome, which was trying to drive Mormon turnout at the Utah and Arizona primaries.

Make America Awesome

Trump decided his Republican rival, Ted Cruz, was behind the ads. So he tweeted this:

Trump deleted this tweet in about 7 seconds

Then he promptly deleted it, setting off a lot of disbelief! Did Trump think he went too far?

Donald Trump just tweeted about Ted Cruz's wife. Then deleted it. Almost immediately.

Apparently not. Trump just forgot to add his branding — he calls Cruz Lyin' Ted Cruz. He reposted this within minutes:

Lyin' Ted Cruz just used a picture of Melania from a G.Q. shoot in his ad. Be careful, Lyin' Ted, or I will spill the beans on your wife!

BuzzFeed News reached out to the Trump campaign and asked what he meant by "spill the beans" on Cruz's wife and we are waiting to hear back.

Liz Mair, a Republican strategist whose anti-Trump super PAC Make America Awesome launched the Facebook campaign, then took to Twitter to say it wasn't Cruz's ad:

.@realDonaldTrump Hi Donald, I know you're really upset about that ad, but it was Make America Awesome's, not Ted Cruz's.

Then she called him "Trumpkins":

Trumpkins whining about our ad have been referencing this in lots of emails to you. There, @realDonaldTrump, consider your "thunder" stolen.

Then Cruz defended his wife:

Pic of your wife not from us. Donald, if you try to attack Heidi, you're more of a coward than I thought. #classless

There are 230 days until the general election.

A BuzzFeed News investigation, in partnership with the International Consortium of Investigative Journalists, based on thousands of documents the government didn't want you to see.