Homeland Security Secretary Jeh Johnson on Tuesday sharply criticized rhetoric about Muslims from both Ted Cruz and Donald Trump, slamming both Republican candidates for their "counterproductive" and "inflammatory" comments.

Cruz, who last week called for increased patrolling of Muslim neighborhoods, has already stoked the ire of New York City Police Commissioner Bill Bratton, with the two public figures trading opinion pieces and television hits criticizing the other.

Asked about Cruz's Monday op-ed in the New York Daily News in which he wrote that "we cannot fight and win without identifying and confronting the enemy," that being radical Islamic terrorism, Johnson told MSNBC's "Morning Joe" that while he agreed with the Texas senator's broad sentiment, he strongly disagreed with the means to accomplish that.

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