Donald Trump insisted on Tuesday when he first spoke to the press since he attacked Rep. Elijah Cummings imposed that he is not a racist and that the White House telephone lines light up with Baltimore residents who agree with him.
Trump said blacks living in the city called the White House to thank him for drawing attention to their filthy living conditions in the city that he claimed to be & # 39; filthy dirty & # 39; and and & # 39; so terrible & # 39; is because corrupt politicians have treated their tax money incorrectly.
He claimed that the city's money was & # 39; stolen and wasted by people like Elia Cummings & # 39; before he stated that his attack on the black congressman is not related to the color of his skin.
& # 39; I am the least racist person there is, & # 39; he said.
Trump said MSNBC host and activist Al Sharpton, who claimed that Trump was a & # 39; special gif & # 39; has for colored persons, is the one with racial blinkers on.
& # 39; Now he is a racist. He's a racist! & # 39; The president told reporters at the South Lawn.
Sharpton made the comments at a press conference Monday in Baltimore – a city that Trump says he is going to & # 39; at the right time & # 39; will go while he prepared to leave the White House for West Virginia.
The president said he enjoyed bringing Cummings the Capitol Hill committee he chairs to Baltimore for an excursion.
& # 39; He should take his monitoring committee, take them to Baltimore, and study billions of stolen, & # 39; cried the president, digging himself into the democrat.
Donald Trump insisted on Tuesday when he first spoke to the press since he attacked Rep. Elijah Cummings imposed that he is not a racist and that the White House telephone lines light up with Baltimore residents who agree with him
Martin Luther King Jr.'s cousin, Alveda King, defended Donald Trump outside the White House on Monday after meeting with pastors in the city center who a participant said was on the agenda for the president about Baltimore and crime.
& # 39; The president is concerned about the entire nation. About everyone in the country, & she said. & # 39; So I want us to remember that we are designed to be brothers and sisters. A member of the human race. No individual races. The same blood. & # 39;
King told reporters after the closed door event that it wasn't on the president's schedule, but he revealed that it took place on Twitter, that she had an old photo of Trump and the Revs. Jesse Jackson and Al Sharpton who she would later share on Twitter.
& # 39; And sometime in their lives they had a high regard for the president. And so I think of a text: if it had been my enemy, I could have understood, I could have known what to do, but you were my friends and my brothers, "she said. & # 39; So these are his brothers. & # 39;
President Trump directed his anger on Democratic presidential candidate Bernie Sanders on Monday when he opened a third front in his fight in Baltimore
Alveda King, second from the right, niece of civil rights leader Martin Luther King Jr. together with other religious leaders, from the left, Rev. Bill Owens, Rev. Dean Nelson and Bishop Harry Jackson, address reporters after meeting with President Donald Trump at the White House
King said she tweeted an old photo of Trump and the Revs. Jesse Jackson and Al Sharpton
King did not say if she was personally troubled by Trump & # 39; s comments that a majority-black district in Maryland represented by African-American congressman Elijah Cummings was inappropriate.
Instead, she said in short comments: & # 39; Well, you know, America is worried. And when we say we are color blind, we have to put on our glasses. & # 39;
& # 39; We can see. We can see a troubled America, but we can see a blessed America. The employment rate is higher in every community, including the black community, & she said. & # 39; The Historically Black Colleges and Universities (HBCU & # 39; s) under this president are blessed. The babies in the womb, the sick and poor and the elderly are blessed. & # 39;
King added: & # 39; We have the opportunity to remain blessed and we have a president whose listening. And I was happy to pray with him today. Now that's it. & # 39;
Bill Owens, the founder and president of the Coalition of African American Pastors, continued where King had stayed after she ran away, denying that Trump is a racist and claims that the president has worked to improve conditions in African-American communities.
& # 39; I find it hard to believe, & # 39; he said about the allegations against Trump.
He said that Trump & # 39; of course & # 39; can do more and go to Baltimore yourself.
& # 39; I think so. It would be good, & he told DailyMail.com.
He would not comment on Trump & # 39; s comments about the district of Cummings, including a claim that it is infected.
& # 39; Well, those are his words. I don't want to reconsider what he says, because I hear a lot of things. I also see people who work for black people to get them on board with part of their agenda, "he said during the question and answer session.
The president, for his part, did not respond to a question from DailyMail.com about when he could go to Baltimore during his only press event of the day.
Nor did he deal with the dispute in Rose Garden's comments because he signed a bill on 9/11 in which the health care allowance is permanently extended to the first responders.
Earlier on Monday, Trump had angered Democratic presidential candidate Bernie Sanders and Sharpton when he opened a new font in his fight in Baltimore.
& # 39; Crazy Bernie Sanders recently equated the city of Baltimore with a THIRD WORLD COUNTRY! Based on that statement, I assume that Bernie should now be called a racist, just like a republican would if he used that term and that standard! & # 39; he stormed.
Trump further claimed that he would gladly help the leaders of the urban area to clean up the city if they asked for his help.
& # 39; The fact is that Baltimore can be brought back, perhaps even to new heights of success and glory, but not with King Elijah and that crew. When the Baltimore leaders want to see the city rise again, I'm in a very nice oval-shaped office waiting for your call! he tweeted.
Maryland Gov. Larry Hogan later called Trump's comments & # 39; shameful and inappropriate & # 39; and asked what Trump is doing about the problems of the city.
Sanders claimed in 2015: & # 39; Anyone who has taken the walk that we have taken in this neighborhood would not think that you are in a rich nation. You would think you were in a third world country & # 39;
Trump further claimed that he would like to help the leaders of the urban area to clean up the city if they asked for his help
Sanders compared Baltimore in 2015 with a third world country.
& # 39; Anyone who has taken the walk that we have taken in this neighborhood would not think that you are in a rich nation. You would think you were in a third world country & he said.
Yet he criticized Trump in a Sunday morning interview for invading a predominantly black district by calling it rat-ravaged and going to Elia Cummings.
After Trump made his own comments, Sanders hit back: & # 39; Trump & # 39; s lies and racism never end. While I fought to get the people of Baltimore and elsewhere out of poverty with well-paid jobs, housing and health care, he attacked workers and the poor. & # 39;
Trump & # 39; s attack on Sanders was part of a third day of anger against Cummings, with whom he fights over border security.
He then suggested activist and MSNBC host Reverend Al Sharpton in more Monday morning tweets, in which he also claimed that the Democratic congressman is responsible for the crime in Baltimore.
WHAT BERNIE SANDERS SAY ABOUT BALTIMORE IN 2015
& # 39; Anyone who has taken the walk that we have taken in this neighborhood would not think that you are in a rich nation. You would think you were in a third world country.& # 39;
& # 39; Baltimore, under the leadership of Elia Cummings, has the worst crime statistics in the nation. 25 years of talking, no action! So tired of listening to the same old bull … Then Pastor Al will appear to complain and protest. Nothing is being done for those in need. Sad! & # 39; He wrote.
He added: & # 39; If the Democrats start defending the Radical Left "Squad" and King Elijah & # 39; s Baltimore Fail, it is a long way to 2020. The good news for the Dems is that they are the Fake News Have media in their pocket! & # 39;
Trump accused Sharpton of hating & # 39; whites and agents & # 39; in an early Monday morning on Twitter.
Sharpton tweeted that he was on his way to defend Baltimore and the Democratic legislator after Trump attacked both, causing the president to return to the prominent African-American civil rights activist.
& # 39; I have known for 25 years. Went with him and Don King argued, it was always okay with each other. He & # 39; loved Trump! & # 39; He often asked me for favors. Although a scammer, a troublemaker, always looking for a score. I'm just doing his thing. Must have intimidated Comcast / NBC. Hates Whites & Cops!, & Tweet the president.
His attack came shortly before Sharpton organized a press conference in Baltimore with former Republican National Committee Chair Michael Steele, who served as Lieutenant Governor of Maryland.
& # 39; He attacks everyone. I know Donald Trump. He is not mature enough to take criticism. He is like a child, & Sharon said during the event.
& # 39; But he has a special poison for blacks and people of color. He does not refer to any of his other opponents or critics as & # 39; infected & # 39 ;. He does not attack their districts. He attacks Nancy Pelosi. He attacks Chuck Schumer. He attacks other whites, but never said their districts or states are places where no one wants to live & he added.
Donald Trump fell Rev. Al Sharpton in an early morning storm
Sharpton responded to the early morning attack with his own tweet and shared a 2006 photo with him, Trump, Rev. Jesse Jackson and singer James Brown.
& # 39; Trump at NAN Convention 2006 tells James Brown and Jesse Jackson why he respects my work. Now another tune, & he wrote.
He later tweeted: & # 39; Trump says I'm a troublemaker & scammer. I make problems for bigots. If he really thought I was a scammer, he would want me in his closet. & # 39;
And Sharpton told MSNBC on Monday morning: & # 39; I intend to create problems every time racists and fools move in any form, including the president. & # 39;
The two men, both prominent New Yorkers, got to know each other in the 1980s.
Sharpton has become increasingly critical of Trump in his presidency and struck Trump & # 39; s attacks on the & # 39; s team & # 39; – four minority legislators Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez, Ilhan Omar, Ayanna Pressley and Rashida Tlaib – as & # 39; racist & # 39; close.
Sharpton described the up and down relationship between him and Trump in an interview with 2017 Vice News.
& # 39; Over the years, we saw each other, fell out, made up, fell out & # 39 ;, he said.
But, he said, their friendship ended during the & # 39; birther & # 39; controversy, when Trump pushed an unproven theory that then President Barack Obama was not born in the United States.
& # 39; We had a meeting and argued about it, and it was from there & # 39 ;, Sharpton said.
The incumbent president had other comments that came back to pursue him on Monday from 2015, when he blamed the then President Barack Obama for crime in the capital of Maryland and said the country's leader should go to Baltimore and calm racial tensions .
At the time of Trump's first remarks, riots consumed the city, after the death of the 25-year-old black man, Freddie Gray while in custody.
He rebuked Obama in a tweet that said: “Our great African-American president has not had a positive impact on the criminals who are so happy and openly destroying Baltimore!”
& # 39; President Obama, you have a lot of work to do. Go to Baltimore and bring both sides together. With good leadership it is possible! Do it, & he claimed.
He claimed in the April 28 messages that came before he started the 2016 race for the GOP nomination, & # 39; I would fix it soon! & # 39;
Al Sharpton said at a Baltimore press conference on Monday that Trump has a & # 39; special poison for blacks and people of color & # 39;
Sharpton is coming to Baltimore on Monday for Rep. Defend Elijah Cummings
Sharpton and Trump were friends in the 1980s, but their friendship ended when Trump was the & # 39; heavier & # 39; controversy surrounding the then President Obama
Cummings is chairman of the House Oversight and Reform Committee investigate different areas related to the Trump, including supervision of his administration; security clearances for its staff, including those for President Ivanka's daughter and her husband Jared Kushner; possible ties with Russia from the 2016 campaign; any violation of the Emoluments Clause prohibiting officials from benefiting financially from their government job; immigration issues; national security issues and voting rights issues.
His committee summoned White House Counselor Kellyanne Conway, who refused to appear before his panel and voted last week to approve summonses for personal emails and texts used by official White House assistants, including Ivanka Trump and Kushner.
On Sunday, Trump defended his criticism of Cummings and Baltimore, saying: & There is nothing racist in making clear what most people already know, that Elia Cummings has done the terrible job for the people in his district, and of Baltimore itself. & # 39;
& # 39; The Democrats always play the Race Card, while in fact they have done so little for the great African-American people of our nation & # 39 ;, Trump posted on Twitter. & # 39; Now, the lowest unemployment rate in American history, and only getting better. Elia Cummings has failed badly! & # 39;
In response to his claims that his comments were racist, Trump tweeted that he simply & # 39; clearly stated what most people already know & # 39;
He said that Cummings should focus on & # 39; solving the mess & # 39; in Baltimore instead of investigating accusations in the House Oversight Committee or criticizing border conditions
Trump committed attacks on Cummings and his district after the legislators criticized the circumstances in which migrants were being held at the southern border
In another tweet following the initial attacks, Trump said the congressman should focus more on & # 39; resolving the mess & # 39; in Baltimore instead of border issues and depositing charges.
& # 39; If racist Elia Cummings would focus more of his energy on helping the good people in his district, and Baltimore itself, progress could possibly be made in resolving the mess he helped create over many years of incompetent leadership. His radical & # 39; overview & # 39; is a joke! & # 39; Trump Tweeted.
Trump first launched his Twitter attack on Cummings on Saturday after the chairman of the monitoring committee criticized the southern border conditions.
The indignant president defended the border detention centers as & # 39; clean, efficient and well led, just very busy & # 39 ;, and then claimed that the facilities are superior to Cummings' own district in Maryland.
& # 39; Cumming District is a disgusting mess affected by rats and rodents. If he spent more time in Baltimore, he might be able to help clean up this very dangerous and dirty place, & tweet Trump on Saturday.
& # 39; Why is so much money being sent to the Elia Cummings district if it is considered the worst and most dangerous place in the United States, & # 39; Trump wondered in another tweet. & # 39; No one would want to live there. Where does all that money go? How much has been stolen? Investigate this corrupt mess immediately! & # 39;
Critics said that Trump did excavations for residents of Baltimore, who are more than 60 percent black and African-American, and suggest that they were not people.
Trump said that Cummings is a & # 39; bully & # 39; was for customs and border patrol agents and claimed that the situations at border facilities are better than in Baltimore, which Cummings represents in Congress
He claimed that Baltimore & # 39; disgusting & # 39; and & # 39; rats and rodents are infected & # 39 ;. He also said that no & # 39; human & # 39; would like to live there, which led many to say that the tweets were racially motivated
Cummings said he visits his home district every day – Baltimore is about an hour's drive from Washington D.C.
Cummings responded to Trump & # 39; s insults and said: & # 39; s. President, I go to my district every day. Every morning I wake up and go fight for my neighbors. & # 39;
& # 39; It is my constitutional duty to supervise the executive. But that's it, & he said.
Mick Mulvaney, the White House acting chief of staff, had defended the president and claimed that the tweets were not racially motivated on Sunday.
He told Fox News that tweets that Trump sent over Cummings and Baltimore the day before & # 39; had absolutely zero to do with race & # 39; and instead reflected the reality that the chairman of the House Oversight Committee more Spends time accusing.
& # 39; Look, I was in the congress for six years, & # 39; he said. & # 39; If I had poverty in my district like in Baltimore, if I had crime in my district like in Chicago, if I had homelessness in my district like in San Francisco, and I spent all my time in Washington DC behind this Mueller investigation, this bizarre crusade, I would be fired. & # 39;
& # 39; And I think the president is right to raise that, it has absolutely nothing to do with racing, & # 39; Mulvaney added.
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