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

Bessie Dean
January 14, 2018

Kilmeade ended the interview by noting that Renacci is running for Ohio Senate in 2018.

One day after U.S. Rep. Jim Renacci announced he was ending his Republican race for OH governor to enter instead the GOP race for the U.S. Senate, he defended offensive comments President Trump reportedly made about immigrants. Renacci jumped into the Senate race this week after Republican frontrunner and Ohio Treasurer Josh Mandel dropped out, citing his wife's health.

"I know it's hard for the president, because many times you want to say what you are thinking", Renacci told Fox News. Sherrod Brown, a Democrat, in November. The businessman and former Wadsworth mayor earlier said he'd make that move if encouraged by President Donald Trump, who carried OH in 2016.

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Congressman Jim Renacci appeared on Fox & Friends Friday morning, and provided a...questionable defense of President Donald Trump's reported, and derogatory, comments about people from certain countries. Vance, who recently moved back to OH from California, has been courted by Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell. He said he expects Trump will campaign for him in Ohio.

Mandel had challenged Brown in 2012 and lost.

Renacci continued that Trump's comments can be explained by his being "a business guy going into a political career". Renacci is listed as the 41st richest member of Congress.

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