BALTIMORE (Reuters) – Dozens of protesters gathered in downtown Baltimore on Thursday as President Donald Trump made his first go to to town since he blasted it as “disgusting” and “rodent-infested” in hotly debated tweets in July.
Trump gave a speech to Republicans from the Home of Representatives holding an annual retreat within the predominantly black metropolis, after protesters greeted his motorcade with indicators depicting Trump as a rat and telling him to return to the swamp.
The chilly reception got here after Trump lashed out on Twitter at Elijah Cummings, a distinguished African-American congressman from Baltimore, calling him a “brutal bully” who ought to think about cleansing up his “disgusting, rat and rodent infested” district fairly than criticizing the work of U.S. immigration officers on the Mexican border.
Cummings, who chairs the Home Committee on Oversight and Reform, has led investigations into Trump and his administration, referred to as him a racist and lashed out on the president’s hard-line immigration insurance policies.
The highly effective congressman responded to Trump’s tweets by inviting him to tour town and observe hardworking residents.
Baltimore, a metropolis of about 625,000 individuals identified for its scenic harbor and excessive crime charges, is roughly 40 miles (65 kilometers) north of Washington, D.C.
In contrast with the reception on the streets, Trump was obtained warmly with chants of “4 extra years,” as he took the stage on the dinner after transient remarks from Home Republican minority chief Kevin McCarthy and Minority Whip Steve Scalise.
Touting his achievements as president and ripping Democratic presidential hopefuls in additional than an hour of wide-ranging feedback, Trump additionally slipped in a single jab towards the leaders of town internet hosting him.
“We’re going to battle for the futures of cities like Baltimore which were destroyed by many years of failed and corrupt rule,” he stated, to loud applause.
His speech competed for air time with a Democratic presidential debate that began virtually concurrently in Houston.
The election might be in November 2020. Trump hopes to run on by steep tax cuts handed in 2017, a hardline stance on immigration and an aggressive strategy to China, in addition to divisive rhetoric that appeals to some supporters.
As Trump’s motorcade rolled into Baltimore, it handed one signal studying “Dump Trump, Ditch Mitch,” referring to Senate Majority Chief Mitch McConnell. A minimum of one signal favoring Trump in 2020 was seen.
Reporting by Alexandra Alper; Extra Reporting by Leah Millis; Modifying by Cynthia Osterman and Richard Borsuk