President Trump endorses South Carolina's Katie Arrington for Congress, slams Mark Sanford

Katie Arrington endorsed by President Donald Trump (WCIV photo / Twitter, @realDonaldTrump)

*Update - Wednesday, June 13 | S.C. State Rep. Katie Arrigton has defeated incumbent Mark Sanford in the Republican primary election for South Carolina's 1st Congressional District. President Donald Trump is crediting his Election-Day endorsement of Arrington in part for the defeat of Sanford, who has been critical of his administration. (READ MORE)
President Donald Trump has endorsed State Rep. Katie Arrington over incumbent Rep. Mark Sanford in the Republican primary race for South Carolina's 1st Congressional District.

President Trump says Rep. Sanford has been "very unhelpful" with his efforts to "Make America Great Again."

Rep. Arrington says she is grateful for the President's support, and "looks forward to working together with him to drain the swamp and continue making America great again."

Sanford has opposed President Trump on key issues predating the 2016 presidential election, notably on offshore drilling along the east coast and the expansion of access to military equipment for law enforcement.

The president also referenced in his tweet Sanford's 2009 affair and disappearance, during which he was in Buenos Aires, Argentina visiting his mistress.

Sanford initially claimed he had been hiking the Appalachian Trail to cover up his dalliance. He was succeeded as governor by Republican Nikki Haley, who is now the U.S. Ambassador to the United Nations under President Trump.

Sanford returned to politics in 2013, when he again won the 1st Congressional District seat, and was reelected to the seat again in 2016.

Sanford originally served as Congressman for the 1st District for three terms, from 1995-2001..

Sanford was elected governor of South Carolina in 2002, and served two terms.

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