Sen. Ted Cruz (R-Texas) has a sense of humor over the debate surrounding his citizenship.
After Cruz opened a gathering for TechNet in Austin on Thursday, the media was asked to leave so he could field questions freely from executives attending, according to the Houston Chronicle. Before reporters left, he promised not to make any news about his place of birth.
“I promise that while y’all are out I’ll try not to give any like really juicy piece of crazy news,” Cruz joked. “I am secretly a citizen of Ethiopa.”
Cruz, a citizen in both the U.S. and Canada, released his birth certificate on Sunday in an effort to curb speculation that he is ineligible to run for president. He also said he would renounce his Canadian citizenship.
Despite his announcement, the legal requirements may force Cruz to wait up to eight months to formally renounce his citizenship, according to Reuters.