President Donald Trump refuted reports Wednesday that he was booed by House Republicans after mocking Rep. Mark Sanford on his loss last week in the South Carolina primary.
“They applauded and laughed loudly when I mentioned my experience with Mark Sanford,” Trump said on Twitter. “I have never been a fan of his!”
Had a great meeting with the House GOP last night at the Capitol. They applauded and laughed loudly when I mentioned my experience with Mark Sanford. I have never been a fan of his!
— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) June 20, 2018
Trump reportedly was booed by House members at a closed-door meeting to discuss immigration reform in light of the border separation controversy.
He endorsed Sanford’s opponent, state Rep. Katie Arrington, in last week’s Republican primary.
“Is Mark Sanford here?” Trump apparently said, according to tweets by various reporters, including Jake Sherman of Politico. “I just want to congratulate him on running a great race.”
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
The Associated Press also quoted two sources in the room saying Trump joked: “I want to congratulate Mark on a great race.”
Sanford was not at the Capitol for the meeting. His flight from Charleston was held up because of inclement weather.
For what it’s worth, Mark Sanford is on the tarmac in Charleston. He didn’t even go to the meeting. Weather.
— Jake Sherman (@JakeSherman) June 19, 2018
Trump then got booed after calling Sanford a “nasty guy,” according to other tweets.
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
Sanford lost his primary, 51 percent to 47 percent, after Trump 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
Sherman then responded to Trump’s newest tweet:
I’ve spoken to a number of people in the room — all Republicans, obviously — who said the room went silent and there were boos and hisses.
Different impressions, I suppose.
From my decade covering congress, most people seem to like Sanford. https://t.co/CRCa9RF9sW
— Jake Sherman (@JakeSherman) June 20, 2018
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