Cummings: No, I didn’t say Trump would go down as one of great presidents

Cummings: No, I didn’t say Trump would go down as one of great presidents
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Rep. Elijah CummingsElijah Eugene CummingsBaltimore mayor looks to rename downtown courthouse after Cummings Cummings to lie in state at the Capitol Gowdy remembers political opponent, good friend Elijah Cummings MORE (D-Md.) says President TrumpDonald John TrumpFlorida GOP lawmaker says he's 'thinking' about impeachment Democrats introduce 'THUG Act' to block funding for G-7 at Trump resort Kurdish group PKK pens open letter rebuking Trump's comparison to ISIS MORE's claim that Cummings told him he would go down as one of the great presidents in history is out of context.

Trump told The New York Times on Wednesday that Cummings told him “you will go down as one of the great presidents in the history of our country” during a recent meeting.

Cummings on Thursday clarified that his message came with a huge caveat.

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“During my meeting with the president and on several occasions since then, I have repeatedly said he could be a great president if ... if ... he takes steps to truly represent all Americans rather than continuing on the harmful and divisive path he is currently on,” Cummings said in a statement.

Trump told the Times twice that Cummings said to him, "You will go down as one of the great presidents in the history of our country."

“But I said, and I liked him, but I said that was really nice. ... And then I watched him on television and I said, ‘Is that the same man that said that to me?’ ” Trump added.

Cummings said Tuesday that civil rights leader Martin Luther King Jr. would be “very disappointed” in Trump’s administration, adding that White House chief strategist Stephen Bannon is a “white supremacist-type person.”

Bannon, the former executive chairman of the right-wing Breitbart News, has faced repeated criticism for its past coverage of racial issues.

Updated: 3:11 p.m.