This Wednesday, Democratic Rep. Elijah Cummings declined an offer to tour a Baltimore Housing and Urban Development (HUD) facility with HUD secretary Ben Carson.
HUD invited Rep. Elijah Cummings to tour the facility with Ben Carson on Tuesday, however Rep. Cummings rejected the invitation, the Daily Caller has reported.
After he was asked about Rep. Cummings’ absence at a press conference, Dr. Ben Carson said that he didn’t know why Elijah Cummings did attend the tour but guessed there may have been a scheduling issue.
The Daily Caller reported on Tuesday that Ben Carson would visit the city of Baltimore in the wake of President Trump’s tweets calling the city a “rodent infested mess” in which no human being would wish to live. Critics accused President Trump of employing racist attacks against the Maryland city and against Rep. Elijah Cummings.
Dr. Carson defended the President’s remarks, telling Fox News, “While I was there, I worked on a lot of issues with many politicians, including Elijah Cummings, particularly in terms of childhood education and improving the life for the people … why not spend some time working more for these people, you know, who are suffering?”
President Trump also recently stated that he plans to visit the city of Baltimore “at the right time.”
On Monday, HUD regional administrator Lynne Patton appeared on Fox News and reminded the public of just how much federal dollars had been steered into Rep. Cummings’ district, which is nearly 53% percent black.
“President Trump has given $16 billion in 2018 alone to Elijah Cummings’ district in federal grants,” Lynne Patton stated. “We have given more money in homeless funds to Baltimore than the last administration. We have given more money in ‘community development grants.’” she added.