"I kind of laughed and just thought, 'Well what does he have to gain by that?'"

“I don’t think so!” Love said of whether there was friction between her and the president. “When I talk to my husband, we disagree. It’s OK. When my children do things, I talk to them and I say, ‘Hey, that’s not nice.’ It’s perfectly fine for me to voice an opinion, and it’s perfectly fine for the president to voice an opinion when I’ve taken a vote he doesn’t like or when I’ve said something he doesn’t like, but this was kind of out of left field.”

Trump’s comments also came as a surprise to Love’s parents, who reside in Connecticut and were vocal supporters of the president — until Trump’s attack on her in the press conference. She noted that her parents, who immigrated from Haiti — a nation the president once reportedly referred to in his infamous “shithole countries” remark — were able to “get past” the reported barb at the Caribbean country, but not the barb directed at their daughter.