"I don’t know that he’s a nice guy... I think his hit on New York was disgraceful"

“He came at me last night. It was inappropriate and I hit him very hard,” Trump said Friday on MSNBC’s Morning Joe program. “I don’t know that he’s a nice guy. I think he hurt himself.”

Trump is ratcheting up his criticism of Cruz as the two vie for the top slot in the Feb. 1 Iowa caucuses. Cruz and Trump sparred during Thursday’s Republican debate in South Carolina, with the Texas senator saying the real-estate mogul had “New York values” that were inconsistent with Republican values. Trump hit back by saying Cruz had insulted the city of New York and its resilience after the Sept. 11, 2001 terrorist attacks.

“I think his hit on New York was disgraceful,” Trump said Friday.