Trump claims Sanford remarks booed by lawmakers were well-received

Trump claims Sanford remarks booed by lawmakers were well-received
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President TrumpDonald John TrumpTrump rips Dems' demands, impeachment talk: 'Witch Hunt continues!' Nevada Senate passes bill that would give Electoral College votes to winner of national popular vote The Hill's Morning Report - Pelosi remains firm despite new impeachment push MORE on Wednesday claimed his most recent attacks on Rep. Mark SanfordMarshall (Mark) Clement SanfordAmash storm hits Capitol Hill Clash with Trump marks latest break with GOP leaders for Justin Amash WANTED: A Republican with courage MORE (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.

At the Tuesday night meeting on immigration, Trump asked if Sanford was in attendance before calling him a "nasty guy."

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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 JonesWalter Beaman JonesThe Hill's Morning Report - Pelosi remains firm despite new impeachment push Ex-Greenville mayor wins Dem primary in North Carolina, GOP candidates head to runoff North Carolina reporter says there could be 'new crop' of GOP candidates in 9th Congressional District race MORE (R-N.C.) said. “To make light of Mark Sanford is very unacceptable."

Rep. Justin AmashJustin AmashHouse Democrats press leaders to start Trump impeachment Schumer declines to endorse Amash's comments on 'impeachable conduct' by Trump Amash won't rule out Libertarian challenge to Trump MORE (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."

And GOP Rep. Ryan CostelloRyan Anthony CostellloLobbying world Overnight Energy: Park Service closing Joshua Tree after shutdown damage | Dems deliver trash from parks to White House | Dems offer bills to block offshore drilling | Oil lobby worries about Trump trade fight Ex-GOP Rep. Ryan Costello joins group pushing carbon tax MORE (Pa.) called Trump's claim "categorically false."

Sanford, who lost his primary race last week after intervention by Trump favoring his opponent, was not at the meeting because his flight to Washington, D.C., was delayed. 

Sanford appeared on CNN moments after the president’s tweet. He said he believes Trump’s comments during Tuesday’s meeting were meant to warn other Republicans 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 political system.”

Sanford added that he’s heard from several fellow lawmakers since the meeting.

“I’ve been overwhelmed by the number of colleagues who have come up and said awfully kind things,” he said.

Sanford has been an outspoken critic of the president's rhetoric, but largely supports the administration's policies.

Trump had 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] MAGA."