According to the Washington Examiner, Rep, Elijah Cummings declined an invite from Housing and Urban Development Secretary Ben Carson to tour a housing facility on Wednesday.
Scheduling conflicts were cited. Here’s the problem, Cummings said he goes to his district every day so where is the scheduling conflict?
Housing and Urban Development Secretary Ben Carson invited the Maryland Democrat to tour a HUD facility in Baltimore. Baltimore’s chronic rodent and garbage problems hit national news recently after President Trump escalated a feud with Cummings, who chairs the House Oversight Committee.
Cummings, 68, received the invitation to tour the facility Tuesday evening but was unable to attend because of a scheduling conflict, his office told the Washington Examiner.
Carson made plans to visit the city after Trump called Cummings’ district, which includes most of Baltimore, a “rat and rodent infested mess” on Saturday. Trump escalated his attacks on Cummings throughout the weekend, calling the black congressman a “racist” who mistreats federal law enforcement officers working on the U.S. southern border.
Democrats have defended the House Oversight chairman and the city, calling Trump’s attacks “racist.” The Baltimore Sun, the city’s primary newspaper, has also hit back at the president, calling him “the most dishonest man to ever occupy the Oval Office.” [Wash Exam]
Lynn Patton, HUD Regional Administrator appeared on Fox News and called out Cummings over $16 billion given to Baltimore in 2018.
Convenient scheduling conflict like coming back from your fancy European vacation? He just doesn’t want to be confronted by his own failure-especially in front of the Media. He also knows there will be investigations into where all the money Baltimore was given went.
Cummings doesn’t care about the people. Schedules can be changed. There is no excuse. Showing up would have been forcing him to admit his failure, and show he is only interested in money to be made from his district that has not been well spent.
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