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Yikes: Trump Boxes With Cummings Over Border Conditions

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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.

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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. 

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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."

Video of Baltimore, which sits in Cummings' district, made its way around social media, showing what the area is like.

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.

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