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PoliticsTrump to stop in Baltimore weeks after denigrating city

04:25  12 september  2019
04:25  12 september  2019 Source:   msn.com

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BALTIMORE - Months after President Donald Trump derided the congressional district that includes Baltimore as a “disgusting, rat and rodent infested mess,” groups appalled by his attacks plan to protest his expected appearance Thursday before Congressional Republicans on an annual retreat on

President Donald Trump will visit Baltimore less than two months after he derided the majority-black congressional district that includes the city as a "disgusting, rat 15, 2019 file photo, President Donald Trump acknowledges the crowd after speaking at a campaign rally in Manchester, N.H. Trump will

BALTIMORE (AP) — Months after President Donald Trump derided the congressional district that includes Baltimore as a "disgusting, rat and rodent infested mess," groups appalled by his attacks plan to protest his expected appearance Thursday before Congressional Republicans on an annual retreat on the city's waterfront.

Trump to stop in Baltimore weeks after denigrating city© Provided by The Associated Press FILE - In this Aug. 15, 2019 file photo, President Donald Trump acknowledges the crowd after speaking at a campaign rally in Manchester, N.H. Trump will visit Baltimore less than two months after he derided the majority-black congressional district that includes the city as a "disgusting, rat and rodent infested mess" where "no human being would want to live." Trump's Thursday, Sept. 12, visit will be limited to a hotel overlooking the city's Inner Harbor, where he will deliver dinner remarks before Republican members of Congress gathered for a retreat. (AP Photo/Patrick Semansky, File)

Trump's visit will be limited to a speech to the Republicans at the hotel hosting the event. He is not scheduled to tour any neighborhoods.

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The Baltimore Welcoming Committee is planning a protest at Columbus Park at Eastern Avenue and South President Street at 4 p.m. “Let’s show the world that racist RAT Trump is NOT welcome in Baltimore !

Four months after the Trump administration called for ending the grant program that funds rat extermination in Baltimore , Trump wrote “no human being would want to live there” in a series of tweets criticizing Rep. Elijah Cummings’ district. Baltimore ’s Housing Authority received 0

"I think it's engendered a lot of anger from the people in the city," protest organizer Sharon Black said about the president's attacks on the majority African American congressional district.

Black, with the group Peoples Power Assembly, said organizers expect hundreds of protesters to gather about two blocks from the hotel. Other rallies are planned for Friday and Saturday.

Trump's barrage of tweets began in late July against Maryland's 7th Congressional District. They included calling its representative, Democrat Elijah Cummings, "racist" and a "brutal bully." He charged that Cummings' district is "considered the worst run and most dangerous anywhere in the United States."

Cummings has represented Maryland in Congress for decades and currently chairs the House Oversight and Reform Committee, which is investigating the Trump administration. His district includes neighborhoods that have struggled with poverty and crime, but also has more affluent areas and landmarks such as Johns Hopkins University and its hospital and the Social Security Administration.

Trump maligned Baltimore. Residents welcomed his visit with protests.

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The House Republican retreat is scheduled to take place in Baltimore -- the same Maryland city President Donald Trump denigrated over the weekend as a "disgusting, rat and rodent infested mess," while writing that "no human being would want to live there.".

President Donald Trump appeared to sarcastically call out a break-in at Rep. Elijah Cummings' Baltimore home after a week of attacking the prominent African American lawmaker over the conditions of his Baltimore district -- even comparing the city 's murder rate to third world countries.

His office did not respond to a request for comment on the president's upcoming trip.

Lester Davis, spokesman for Baltimore Mayor Bernard "Jack" Young, said city officials and the White House did not reach out to each other about a potential tour of the area.

Young said that if Trump travels beyond the city's Inner Harbor, he will notice "that every neighborhood is not crime-ridden and dirty." Meanwhile, City Council president Brandon Scott said he hopes the visit will allow Trump to see some of the infrastructure challenges that the city faces.

"We know he's been touting bringing infrastructure to Americans who live across the country but has failed to deliver, and those jobs that could be created through that would change the very neighborhoods that he was disparaging," Scott said.

Baltimore, a once-gilded American seaport, has undeniable drug and violent crime challenges. The city saw more than 300 homicides in 2018 for the fourth year in a row. It also contends with deep-rooted poverty and swaths of the city are populated with vacant, boarded-up homes.

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Re “ Trump Calls a House Critic’s Baltimore District a ‘Rat and Rodent Infested Mess’” (news article, July But in Baltimore on Friday, Mauricio Velazquez Rodriguez thrilled our hearts with his story in his acceptance I wonder what would it be like to have a president who inspires instead of denigrates .

Trump appeared to sarcastically mock Cummings after his Baltimore home was burglarized in July, calling the incident "too bad" in a tweet. At an event opening for an outdoor play space in Baltimore after the burglary, Cummings said he was open to Trump visiting the city . "The President is welcome

The family company of the president's son-in-law, Jared Kushner, owns thousands of apartments and townhomes in the Baltimore area and has been criticized for years for the same kind of despair and neglect that the president accused local leaders of failing to address.

While residents have complained about mold, bedbugs, leaks and mice, the Kushner Cos. has said it is proud of its Baltimore-area properties and has worked to maintain a "high quality residential experience for our tenants" by investing "substantial amounts" in upkeep.

Black said the hypocrisy is not lost on people. She said protesters expected to gather Thursday are standing against racism and white supremacy.

"We know this, and the people who live in those buildings know this," Black said. "These are all trigger words. 'Go back to where you came from.' 'This city is rat infested.' All these things are really used to ramp up hate and to divide people."

On Friday, a group of musicians and singers are expected to perform outside the hotel as a way to protest the GOP's labor platform. The following day, another protest will focus on climate change.

This will be the fifth time that the Republican annual retreat takes place in Baltimore. The Congressional Institute, the organization that hosts the retreat, selected the site for the three-day event earlier this year.

Institute president Mark Strand in a statement said lawmakers will discuss issues including health care, national security and the economy.

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