Pelosi slams Trump's 'racist attacks' on Cummings

Speaker Nancy PelosiNancy PelosiOvernight Health Care — Presented by Partnership for America's Health Care Future — Four companies reach 0M settlement in opioid lawsuit | Deal opens door to larger settlements | House panel to consider vaping tax | Drug pricing markup tomorrow Schiff punches back after GOP censure resolution fails Trump urges GOP to fight for him MORE (D-Calif.) denounced President TrumpDonald John TrumpTrump says he doesn't want NYT in the White House Veterans group backs lawsuits to halt Trump's use of military funding for border wall Schiff punches back after GOP censure resolution fails MORE's early morning criticism of Rep. Elijah CummingsElijah Eugene CummingsDiplomat who raised Ukraine concerns to testify in Trump impeachment probe House rejects GOP measure censuring Schiff Overnight Defense: Trump weighs leaving some troops in Syria to 'secure the oil' | US has pulled 2,000 troops from Afghanistan | Pelosi leads delegation to Afghanistan, Jordan MORE (D-Md.) on Saturday, labeling the president's remarks "racist" and hailing the longtime congressman as a "champion" and "beloved leader."

".@RepCummings is a champion in the Congress and the country for civil rights and economic justice, a beloved leader in Baltimore, and deeply valued colleague," Pelosi tweeted. "We all reject racist attacks against him and support his steadfast leadership."

Pelosi's condemnation came in response to a series of tweets in which Trump accused Cummings of being a "brutal bully" and claimed his Baltimore district was “FAR WORSE” and "more dangerous" than the southern border.


Trump said Cummings’s district, which encompasses downtown Baltimore, was the "worst run" in the U.S. and asserted that the Maryland city was "corrupt" and that "no human being would want to live there."

Cummings’s district is the second-most wealthy and educated of Maryland's majority-black districts. The attack from Trump followed statements by Cummings in which he called the treatment of migrant children in U.S. facilities “government-sponsored child abuse.”

The president's remarks also came days after the House Oversight and Reform Committee authorized Cummings to subpoena records from the White House in connection with an investigation into aides’ use of personal email and text applications for official business.

Cummings, in his own tweet, wrote, "It is my constitutional duty to conduct oversight of the Executive Branch. But, it is my moral duty to fight for my constituents."

Earlier this month, the House voted to formally admonish Trump, approving a resolution that condemned Trump's remarks that four congresswomen of color should “go back” to the “places from which they came” as “racist.”