BALTIMORE (WJZ) — Baltimore Congressman Elijah Cummings told the National Press Club on Wednesday that Americans need to take a long look at the actions and policies of the Trump Administration.
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President Trump called Rep. Cummings a racist, the oversight committee he chairs a joke, and his district the worst in the U.S.
In a speech to the National Press Club in Washington, Rep. Cummings recalled President Barack Obama.
“Somebody was complaining about him not speaking up about certain things, and President Obama said something I shall never forget,” Rep. Cummings said. “He said, ‘I didn’t speak about it because I realize that every syllable that comes out of my mouth affects the world.'”
In his first major speech since comments during a park opening in Baltimore last week, Rep. Cummings repeated his desire to have the President in for a visit.
“There are thousands in Baltimore who are working hard every day,” Rep. Cummings said.
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Rep. Cummings urged voters not to be distracted by politics from the issues that mean the most.
“I want my neighbors to know I am humbled and so proud that they have trusted me to represent them in the Congress of the United States of America,” Rep. Cummings said.
The President’s attacks came soon after Rep. Cummings’ criticism of the treatment of migrants at the southern border.