Pompeo calls Cummings a 'dedicated public servant'

Pompeo calls Cummings a 'dedicated public servant'
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Secretary of State Mike PompeoMichael (Mike) Richard PompeoPompeo promotes economic ties, takes aim at corruption in Africa visit Russian foreign minister says he sensed 'more constructive' approach after meeting with Pompeo Donald Trump: Unrepentant, on the attack and still playing the victim MORE expressed condolences following the death of veteran Democratic Rep. Elijah CummingsElijah Eugene CummingsHouse to vote next week on bill to create women's history museum The Hill's Morning Report - Icy moments between Trump, Pelosi mark national address Baltimore unveils plaques for courthouse to be named after Elijah Cummings MORE (Md.) early Thursday, calling him a “dedicated public servant.”

“Saddened by the news that @RepCummings, a dedicated public servant, has passed away,” Pompeo tweeted. “Our prayers are with his family and friends at this difficult time.”

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Cummings, who was 68 years old, chaired the powerful House Oversight and Reform Committee and was a key leader of investigations into President TrumpDonald John TrumpRussian sanctions will boomerang States, cities rethink tax incentives after Amazon HQ2 backlash A Presidents Day perspective on the nature of a free press MORE and his administration. He often found himself on opposing sides of Trump administration officials, including Pompeo, who tangled with Cummings and other leading Democrats over interview and document demands issued to the State Department as part of the House impeachment inquiry.

Cummings had represented Maryland’s 7th Congressional District, which includes much of the city of Baltimore, since 1996.

Pompeo served alongside Cummings in Congress between 2011 and 2017, when he represented Kansas’s 4th Congressional District as a Republican.

Cummings’s office announced early Thursday that he died “due to complications concerning longstanding health challenges” and promised further details soon.

The secretary of State was traveling to Ankara to meet with officials there about the ongoing Turkish offensive against Kurdish-controlled territory in northern Syria when the news broke of Cummings’s death.