President Donald Trump on Tuesday was booed by House Republicans on Capitol Hill after he apparently mocked Rep. Mark Sanford, who lost his South Carolina primary last week after the president tweeted support for his opponent, according to reports.
“Is Mark Sanford here?” Trump apparently said, according to a tweet by Jake Sherman of Politico. “I just want to congratulate him on running a great race.”
Sanford, who lost to state Rep. Katie Arrington, was in the room for the session, which was about immigration reform and address the separation of illegal children from their parents at the U.S. border.
Trump then called Sanford a “nasty guy” — according to Sherman — prompting boos in the closed-door meeting.
Other reporters also tweeted about the exchange:
Trump just mockingly offered congratulations to Rep. Mark Sanford in front of a conference of House Republicans. Called him “nasty” per source in room. Awkward.
— Josh Dawsey (@jdawsey1) June 19, 2018
Trump just said something along the lines of: “Is @RepSanfordSC here? I want to congratulate him on his race!” OUCH!
— Rachael Bade (@rachaelmbade) June 19, 2018
Sanford lost his primary, 51 percent to 47 percent, after the president tweeted he was “nothing but trouble.”
Mark Sanford has been very unhelpful to me in my campaign to MAGA. He is MIA and nothing but trouble. He is better off in Argentina. I fully endorse Katie Arrington for Congress in SC, a state I love. She is tough on crime and will continue our fight to lower taxes. VOTE Katie!
— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) June 12, 2018
He has often clashed with Trump since the president took office last year — and Sanford also is a member of the conservative House Freedom Caucus, which has also frequently opposed Trump.
After his loss, Sanford denied the GOP was the party of Trump but acknowledged “in the case of last night, it cost me the election.”
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