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 AmashThe Hill's Morning Report - Pompeo condemns Iran for 'act of war' while Trump moves with caution Trump's 'soldier of fortune' foreign policy Amash: 'Bolton never should have been hired' MORE (R-Mich.) said Tuesday that President TrumpDonald John TrumpMarine unit in Florida reportedly pushing to hold annual ball at Trump property Giuliani clashes with CNN's Cuomo, calls him a 'sellout' and the 'enemy' Giuliani says 'of course' he asked Ukraine to look into Biden seconds after denying it MORE’s attack on Rep. Mark SanfordMarshall (Mark) Clement SanfordThe Hill's Morning Report - Pompeo condemns Iran for 'act of war' while Trump moves with caution The Hill Interview: Sanford says Trump GOP doing 'serious brand destruction' Poll: Bill Weld leads among Trump GOP challengers with 5 percent support 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.

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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."