President Donald Trump took to Twitter this morning to chide Rep. Elijah Cummings (D-MD) for shouting down acting Secretary of Homeland Security Kevin McAleenan over conditions in detention camps during a hearing last week.
We’re doing our level best in a challenging —," McAleenan said before being cut off by Cummings, who went on a two-minute rant about border conditions.
"What does that mean? What does that mean when a child is sitting in their own feces, can’t take a shower? Come on, man," Cummings said to McAleenan. "None of us would have our children in that position. They are human beings."
"I get tired of folks saying, 'Oh, oh, they just beating up on the Border Patrol. Oh, they just beating up on Homeland Security.' What I am saying, is I want to concentrate on these children. And I want to make sure that they are OK," Cummings added. "We are the greatest country in the world. We are the ones that can go anywhere in the world and save people, make sure they have diapers, make sure they have toothbrushes, make sure they’re not laying around defecating in some silver paper."
"Come on. We’re better than that."
According to Trump, Cummings has been waging a war against Border Patrol but he needs to take a look in his own backyard.
Rep, Elijah Cummings has been a brutal bully, shouting and screaming at the great men & women of Border Patrol about conditions at the Southern Border, when actually his Baltimore district is FAR WORSE and more dangerous. His district is considered the Worst in the USA......— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) July 27, 2019
....As proven last week during a Congressional tour, the Border is clean, efficient & well run, just very crowded. Cumming District is a disgusting, rat and rodent infested mess. If he spent more time in Baltimore, maybe he could help clean up this very dangerous & filthy place— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) July 27, 2019
Trump followed up an hour later, asking why Cummings' district gets "so much money" when it's "the worst run and most dangerous anywhere in the United States."
Why is so much money sent to the Elijah Cummings district when it is considered the worst run and most dangerous anywhere in the United States. No human being would want to live there. Where is all this money going? How much is stolen? Investigate this corrupt mess immediately!— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) July 27, 2019
Video of Baltimore, which sits in Cummings' district, made its way around social media, showing what the area is like.
Rep. Elijah Cummings has been in elected office for 36 years.— Trump War Room (@TrumpWarRoom) July 27, 2019
This is his district.
It's about time someone cared about the Americans living there! https://t.co/h3acG0YYM5
Rep. Elijah Cummings should listen to Michelle: "HELP US!"https://t.co/u0SgReGc4m— Trump War Room (@TrumpWarRoom) July 27, 2019
Cummings responded to Trump's attack, saying the White House has failed to act on reducing prescription drug prices, despite making a promise to address the issue. The Congressman said skyrocketing drug prices are what families in Baltimore, and around the country, are facing.
Mr. President, I go home to my district daily. Each morning, I wake up, and I go and fight for my neighbors.— Elijah E. Cummings (@RepCummings) July 27, 2019
It is my constitutional duty to conduct oversight of the Executive Branch. But, it is my moral duty to fight for my constituents.
Just yesterday, I held a hearing on the skyrocketing prices of prescription drugs and the financial hardships that families across the nation, and in Baltimore, are facing.— Elijah E. Cummings (@RepCummings) July 27, 2019
Mr. President, we can address this together. Two years ago, I went to the White House to ask you to endorse my bill to let the government negotiate directly for lower drug prices.— Elijah E. Cummings (@RepCummings) July 27, 2019
You told me then that you supported the legislation and that you would work with me to make it happen. I took you at your word.https://t.co/bcfyQgXwm4— Elijah E. Cummings (@RepCummings) July 27, 2019