'A pure waste of time': Trump responds to reports of Cruz tapping Fiorina for VP

Ted Cruz names Carly Fiorina as running mate

Donald Trump ripped Ted Cruz on Wednesday after reports surfaced that he would tap former Hewlett-Packard CEO Carly Fiorina as his running mate.

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In a statement, Trump called the announcement "a pure waste of time" and compared it to the recent electoral agreement struck between the campaigns of Cruz and Ohio Gov. John Kasich.

"It reminds me very much of the already failed [John] Kasich "collusion" —­ a desperate attempt to save a failing campaign by an all talk, no action politician," he said in the statement.

"The people of Indiana are very smart —­ they will see through this just like they saw through the already failed Kasich alliance," he continued. "Cruz has no path to victory, he is only trying to stay relevant."

10 facts about Carly Fiorina:

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1. She’s a cancer survivor. Carly was diagnosed with breast cancer in 2009. She underwent a double mastectomy and endured months of chemotherapy and radiation.

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2. She was the first female to run a Fortune 20 company, starting her tenure as CEO in 1999 at the age of 45, but her work at the company has been closely scrutinized and many consider her one of the worst CEOs in history. She was ousted in 2005.

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3. She studied medieval history and philosophy at Stanford.

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4. Her father was a deputy attorney general under President Richard Nixon.

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5. She’s a new author. Her book “Rising to the Challenge: My Leadership Journey” came out May 5. Her book “Tough Choices” came out in 2006.

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Trump has defeated Cruz and Kasich by wide margins in the last six voting states. On Tuesday, Trump won all five East Coast states that voted, picking up a treasure trove of delegates in the process.

In an attempt to swing momentum in the must-win state of Indiana, Cruz told reporters of a "major announcement" he'd be making during his 4 p.m. ET rally in Indianapolis.

Multiple outlets subsequently reported that the announcement would be of his intentions to name Fiorina, an ex-presidential hopeful and former Hewlett-Packard CEO, as his running mate. She was spotted in Indianapolis ahead of the announcement.

Republican U.S. presidential candidate and former HP CEO Carly Fiorina speaks as U.S. Senator Ted Cruz listens at the 2016 U.S. Republican presidential candidates debate held by CNBC in Boulder, Colorado, October 28, 2015. REUTERS/Rick Wilking AP

Fiorina endorsed Cruz not long after dropping out of the GOP race, and she has frequently appeared as a surrogate for the senator since.

Cruz is mathematically eliminated from reaching the 1,237 delegates needed to secure the GOP nomination ahead of the July convention. But he is hoping to stop Trump from reaching that number so that the convention can be opened up to a second ballot of voting.

In hopes of doing so, Cruz recently struck the agreement with Kasich mentioned by Trump. That agreement called for the Ohio governor to pull resources out of Indiana, clearing the way for Cruz to have a more favorable matchup with Trump.

Trump also addressed the Fiorina speculation during a round of television appearances on Wednesday. He brushed it off during a "Good Morning America" interview, saying that Fiorina "did not resonate" when she was a candidate.

Read Trump's full statement below:

After massive defeats in Arizona, New York, Pennsylvania, Rhode Island, Delaware, Connecticut and Maryland, (in addition to twenty other contests) and given the fact that Senator Cruz has millions of votes less than me and is being clobbered on the delegate front, this is a pure waste of time. It reminds me very much of the already failed Kasich "collusion" —­ a desperate attempt to save a failing campaign by an all talk, no action politician. The people of Indiana are very smart ­— they will see through this just like they saw through the already failed Kasich alliance. Cruz has no path to victory he is only trying to stay relevant. —­ Donald J. Trump

RELATED: 20 celebrities who endorse Trump:

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Stephen Baldwin


Baldwin, who was fired by Trump on two different seasons of "The Celebrity Apprentice," said during an interview with Don Lemon on an episode of "CNN Tonight" that Trump would make a "great" president "because he's not a politician, and he doesn't care what anybody thinks."  

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Gary Busey

The actor endorsed Trump back in 2011, even after being fired from season four of "The Celebrity Apprentice," and offered his praise for the presidential hopeful again recently. "He's a great guy. He's sharp. He's fast," he told Fox411. "He can change the country after the last eight years."  

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Dennis Rodman

The retired pro-basketball player tweeted: "@realDonaldTrump has been a great friend for many years. We don't need another politician, we need a businessman like Mr. Trump! Trump 2016." He was fired from season two of "The Celebrity Apprentice." 

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Lou Ferrigno

When asked by TMZ for his thoughts on Trump, the actor and former bodybuilder said, "I hope Donald goes all the way." He was also fired from a season of "The Celebrity Apprentice." 

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Ted Nugent 

The musician wrote an article for WorldNetDaily in which he said, "[Trump] should be given the Medal of Freedom for speaking his mind in such a bold, honest, and straightforward manner."

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Tila Tequila 

The model and reality star posted a video on YouTube expressing her support for Trump.

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Wayne Newton

The Las Vegas entertainer announced his support on "Fox and Friends," “I love Donald, and he would make a great president,” he said. But he also voiced his support for other hopefuls, such as Carly Fiorina, Jeb Bush, and Ben Carson. 

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Willie Robertson

The businessman and star of A&E’s “Duck Dynasty” supported Trump at a rally in Oklahoma last year, where he was invited up on stage. He officially announced his endorsement in January. 

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Jesse Ventura 

Jesse Ventura

The former pro wrestler, former Minnesota governor, and actor was speaking with previous Trump staffer Roger Stone for "Off the Grid," when Ventura said, "I shocked my staff today. I came in and said, ‘You know what, as far as the Republicans are concerned, I hope Trump wins.'" Though he also added, "Now I’m not a Republican — I’m not a Democrat either — so ultimately, I’d like somebody else to win overall.”

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Terrell Owens 

The retired NFL wide receiver told TMZ Sports, "This may be what the country needs and Trump... He’s a guy who won’t put up with B.S. and has what it takes to change how government is run." He appeared on the most recent season of "The Celebrity Apprentice."   

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