According to several media outlets, during a private meeting with lawmakers Thursday, Trump stunningly questioned why the US would admit Haitians or people from "sh**hole" countries in Africa, expressing a preference instead for immigrants from Norway, a majority white nation.
"It was a discussion about moving our country forward", Renacci said.
"I've said all along the president many times says what people are thinking", he said.
Renacci, a Cleveland area businessman, has been in Congress since 2011, but has postured himself as an outsider, similar to Trump.
"I learned as a business guy you have to be careful what you say because people pick everything up", Renacci said.
Not Renacci, who told Fox and Friends Friday morning people should judge Trump after four years on what he's done, not what he says.
Renacci on Thursday abandoned a bid for OH governor and announced that he'd switch to the Senate race because Trump asked him to do so, and that he plans to work in the Senate to advance Trump's agenda.
"We don't want to demean people and the bottom line is we're all made in the image of the Lord and we don't want to say disparaging things". Renacci told Kilmeade Trump promised to help with his campaign, and that he thinks "a lot like the president". "And they asked me to jump in to this race". "I've been a supporter of the president's agenda".
He added that he's been a longtime supporter of the president and supported him during the OH primary, even though the state's governor, John Kasich, was in the presidential race. But Cohen said he believes it would not help Renacci in a general election against Brown. Sherrod Brown, but he said Friday he is the "total opposite" from Brown, a career politician.
Renacci is banking Ohioans will agree with him.
Renacci also commented on the controversy over Trump's reported comments about Haiti and African nations, saying that he has said all along that Trump is saying "what people are thinking", but he has learned over the years to watch what he's saying.
"Jim believes that one of our nation's greatest strengths is that we are a proud nation of immigrants from all backgrounds, ethnicities and corners of the globe-a view Jim believes the president shares as well", Slepian said.