on Wednesday claimed his most recent attacks on Rep. Mark Sanford (R-S.C.) at a closed-door meeting with Sanford’s colleagues were well received, despite multiple lawmakers saying they were greeted with grumbles and boos.
“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!” Trump tweeted.
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
At the Tuesday night meeting on immigration, Trump asked if Sanford was in attendance before calling him a “nasty guy.”
The comments were met with boos and and grumbles, according to sources in the room.
“I was very upset. It was very unnecessary and as far as I’m concerned, it was very rude,” Rep. Walter Jones (R-N.C.) said. “To make light of Mark Sanford is very unacceptable.”
Rep. Justin Amash (R-Mich.) called Trump’s barb a “classless cheap shot” in a tweet after the meeting.
On Wednesday, Amash disputed Trump’s account of the meeting, saying “nobody applauded or laughed.”
— Justin Amash (@justinamash) June 20, 2018
And GOP Rep. Ryan Costello (Pa.) called Trump’s claim “categorically false.”
Categorically false https://t.co/mLLyCFB8im
— Ryan Costello (@RyanCostello) June 20, 2018
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