Trump schedules Baltimore visit for Republican retreat months after attacking ‘rat and rodent infested’ Maryland city
Baltimore has seemingly cleaned itself up enough to warrant a trip from President Trump.
Trump will visit the city Thursday to speak at a GOP retreat, a meeting of Congressional Republicans at the Baltimore Marriott Waterfront Hotel, the White House announced Sunday.
That will mark Trump’s first presidential trip to Baltimore, notable particularly following an ugly attack on the city amid a feud with Democratic Rep. Elijah Cummings, whose House Committee on Oversight and Reform has been investigating the president and his administration.
“Rep, Elijah Cummings has been a brutal bully, shouting and screaming at the great men & women of Border Patrol about conditions at the Southern Border, when actually his Baltimore district is FAR WORSE and more dangerous. His district is considered the Worst in the USA,” Trump tweeted in late July.
“As proven last week during a Congressional tour, the Border is clean, efficient & well run, just very crowded. Cumming District is a disgusting, rat and rodent infested mess. If he spent more time in Baltimore, maybe he could help clean up this very dangerous & filthy place.”
He continued days later, this time including the Rev. Al Sharpton — who defended Cummings and his city — in what critics called a racist attack.
“He has a particular venom for blacks and people of color,” Sharpton responded at the time. "He doesn’t refer to any of his other opponents or critics as infested...He attacks other whites, but he never said that their districts or their states are places where no human being wants to live.”
Cummings, meanwhile, invited Trump to visit and see the city for himself.