Ted Cruz on Sunday said that Ahmed Mohamed, the MacArthur High School freshman arrested for bringing a homemade digital clock to school, was being used as a tool by President Barack Obama to "divide" the country.

"President Obama, at every stage, tries to politicize what happens, whether it is this teenager here in Texas, whether it is the shootings we saw in the Pacific Northwest," Cruz said before participating in a presidential forum in Plano. "Over and over again, sadly, he seeks to try to divide us, to try to tear us apart. The president really ought to be looking for ways to bring us together, to unify us."

On Saturday Ahmed was featured at a Council on American-Islamic Relations gala in Arlington, Va., across the Potomac River from the capital. And on Monday he's expected to visit the White House as a special guest of the president.

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