Trump rips into Sanford: 'He is better off in Argentina'
President Donald Trump on Tuesday ripped into GOP Rep. Mark Sanford, mockingly saying the former South Carolina governor is "better off in Argentina," as he endorsed state Rep. Katie Arrington in the bitter House Republican primary election.
âMark Sanford has bee n very unhelpful to me in my campaign to MAGA,â Trump tweeted Tuesday afternoon. âHe is MIA and nothing but trouble. He is better off in Argentina,â Trump wrote â" a reference to Sanfordâs 2009 affair with MarÃa BelÃ©n Chapur, a journalist from Buenos Aires.
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Sanford's brief disappearance to Argentina derailed his presidential ambitions at the time.
He has since reinvented himself as a Never Trumper, but his frequent criticism of the president has landed him in hot water and led to an unexpectedly competitive race that is playing out on Tuesday.
âI fully endorse Katie Arrington for Congress in SC, a state I love,â Trump added. âShe is tough on crime and will continue our fight to lower taxes. VOTE Katie!â
Arrington took to Twitter shortly thereafter to thank Trump for his endorsement: âThank you, Mr. President! Together we will continue to Make America Great Ag ain!â
Her campaign also rushed out a robocall highlighting the Trump endorsement. The call was sent to about 50,000 households in the district, according to a person close to the campaign.
"President Donald Trump just endorsed Katie's campaign to unseat Congressman Mark Sanford," the Arrington campaign says in the 30-second call.
Alex Isenstadt contributed to this report.