GOP rep refutes Trump's account of Sanford attacks: 'People were disgusted'

GOP rep refutes Trump's account of Sanford attacks: 'People were disgusted'
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Rep. Justin AmashJustin AmashTreasury retweets Trump, possibly violating campaign law Record numbers of women nominated for governor, Congress Watchdog files Hatch Act violation complaints against 10 Trump administration officials MORE (R-Mich.) on Wednesday disputed President TrumpDonald John TrumpTrump threatens ex-intel official's clearance, citing comments on CNN Protesters topple Confederate monument on UNC campus Man wanted for threatening to shoot Trump spotted in Maryland MORE's claim that GOP lawmakers approved of his attacks on Rep. Mark SanfordMarshall (Mark) Clement SanfordHouse Dems to invest in South Carolina race Trump’s endorsements cement power but come with risks Trump: I ‘destroy' careers of Republicans who say bad things about me MORE (R-S.C.) during a closed-door meeting on immigration Tuesday night.

The president tweeted Wednesday afternoon that House Republicans "applauded and laughed loudly" when he called Sanford a "nasty guy."

"House Republicans had front row seats to @POTUS’s dazzling display of pettiness and insecurity. Nobody applauded or laughed. People were disgusted," Amash tweeted in response.

During the meeting, Trump asked if Sanford was in attendance before taking a shot at him — Sanford was not present because his flight to Washington, D.C., was delayed.

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The comments were met with boos and and grumbles, according to multiple sources in the room.

Amash called the remarks a "classless cheap shot," tweeting on Wednesday that people in the meeting "were disgusted." 

“I was very upset. It was very unnecessary and as far as I’m concerned, it was very rude,” Rep. Walter JonesWalter Beaman JonesDems unveil slate of measures to ratchet up pressure on Russia GOP rep refutes Trump's account of Sanford attacks: 'People were disgusted' Trump claims Sanford remarks booed by lawmakers were well-received MORE (R-N.C.) said. “To make light of Mark Sanford is very unacceptable."

Sanford appeared on CNN shortly after Trump tweeted, saying he thought that Trump's comments at the Tuesday meeting were meant to caution other GOP lawmakers against opposing the president.

“I think part of what the president did yesterday was to send a very chilling message to my colleagues on, ‘hey, if you speak up against me, there will be consequences,’ ” Sanford said. “And I think that’s the last thing we need in our system.”

The outgoing congressman said he'd heard an outpouring of "awfully kind things" from fellow lawmakers.

Sanford, who lost his primary race last week after intervention by Trump for his opponent, has been an outspoken critic of the president's rhetoric, but has largely supported the administration's policies.

Trump previously endorsed Sanford's primary opponent hours before polls closed, saying the South Carolina representative has been "very unhelpful to me in my campaign to [Make America Great Again]."