Rep. Jim Renacci defends President Trump's reported remarks about immigrants

Posted: 8:56 PM, Jan 12, 2018
Updated: 2018-01-13 02:00:05Z

One day after U.S. Rep. Jim Renacci announced he was ending his Republican race for Ohio governor to enter instead the GOP race for the U.S. Senate , he defended offensive comments President Trump reportedly made about immigrants. 

According to several media outlets, during a private meeting with lawmakers Thursday, Trump stunningly questioned why the U.S. would admit Haitians or people from "sh**hole" countries in Africa, expressing a preference instead for immigrants from Norway, a majority white nation.

In an interview with Fox News Friday, Rep. Renacci defended those comments. 

"I've said all along the president many times says what people are thinking," he said.  "Let's judge the president after what we've done. Let's not judge the president on what he says."

Political Analyst Dr. Tom Sutton of Baldwin Wallace University previously told News 5 Renacci's Senate run makes sense.

“He’s been building a campaign, he’s been going among the state, he’s tied himself very much to President Trump and his agenda, he’s been successful in Congress in getting re-elected a few times and so he makes the most sense of the gubernatorial candidates to jump into that race,” Sutton said.