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 CummingsThe Hill's Campaign Report: Biden comes to Washington to honor John Lewis Lawmakers set for tearful goodbye to John Lewis We have 100 days to make our nation right MORE (D-Md.) says President TrumpDonald John TrumpMark Kelly clinches Democratic Senate nod in Arizona Trump camp considering White House South Lawn for convention speech: reports Longtime Rep. Lacy Clay defeated in Missouri Democratic primary 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.