GOP congressman blasts Trump’s attack on Sanford as ‘classless’

GOP congressman blasts Trump’s attack on Sanford as ‘classless’
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Rep. Justin AmashJustin AmashBusiness, conservative groups slam Trump’s national emergency declaration House approves motion condemning anti-Semitism Schiff: Intel chiefs testimony may ‘undermine’ Trump’s ability to declare emergency for wall MORE (R-Mich.) said Tuesday that President TrumpDonald John TrumpRosenstein expected to leave DOJ next month: reports Allies wary of Shanahan's assurances with looming presence of Trump States file lawsuit seeking to block Trump's national emergency declaration MORE’s attack on Rep. Mark SanfordMarshall (Mark) Clement SanfordEndorsing Trump isn’t the easiest decision for some Republicans Mark Sanford warns US could see ‘Hitler-like character’ in the future House passes year-end tax package MORE (R-S.C.) was “classless.”

“This was a classless cheap shot,” Amash wrote in a tweet, referring to reports that the president criticized the congressman during a meeting on Capitol Hill on Tuesday.

Trump reportedly called Sanford a “nasty guy” during his meeting with congressional Republicans, which was ostensibly focused on immigration.


Trump’s comments come just one week after Sanford lost his primary bid to state Rep. Katie Arrington (R), an ardent supporter of the president.

Trump had attacked Stanford just a few hours before the polls closed in the congressman’s district last Tuesday. In his tweet, Trump referenced Sanford’s 2009 affair with an Argentine woman.

“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,” Trump tweeted. “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!”

Sanford has criticized Trump in the past and said on Sunday that he lost his primary bid because he wasn’t “Trump enough.”

"People are running for cover because they don't want to be on the losing side of a presidential tweet," the South Carolina Republican told NBC’s "Meet the Press" on Sunday. “The idea that you can't speak out and say, ‘I disagree with you here, but I agree with you on 90 percent of the stuff’ ... is, again, a twilight world that I've never seen."