Published: Wed, July 31, 2019
World Media | By Shelia Harmon

Trump blames 'fake news' for poll showing African-Americans think he's racist

Trump blames 'fake news' for poll showing African-Americans think he's racist

Before departing the White House, the president fielded his first questions from the press about his attacks on Cummings and accusations from opponents that he is a racist. He said the two "always got along well" and attended boxing matches together. He would say, 'it's a personal favor to me.' Seldom, but sometimes, I would go.

"Just a conman at work!"

Asked Tuesday whether his attacks on Cummings and other minority members in Congress were part of a larger reelection strategy, Trump demurred.

Sharpton told the New York Times that during his interactions with Trump he never heard any racist comments, but he "always sensed he was not comfortable being around [prominent people of color]".

"If he really thought I was a con man he'd be nominating me for his Cabinet", he said.

"There is nothing racist in stating plainly what most people already know, that Elijah Cummings has done a awful job for the people of his district", the president wrote in one of several tweets on Sunday.

Both men are coming to the defense of House Oversight Committee Chairman Elijah Cummings, after the president has attacked the lawmaker and the Baltimore district he represents as "disgusting, rat and rodent infested mess".

Trump said Cummings, chair of the House Oversight Committee - which has been investigating his administration, including Trump's family - to Baltimore instead to look into the president's unsubstantiated claims that Baltimore has "wasted billions" of dollars. "But if you look at what I've done for African-Americans, it's more than nearly all presidents". Must have intimidated Comcast/NBC.

Eric Trump doubled down on his father's attacks on Baltimore Monday night, claiming Democrats know Donald Trump's criticism of the city is accurate.

Eric, who is less involved in being his father's surrogate than his older brother Donald Trump Jr., blamed the situation in Baltimore on Democratic leadership - and also said other USA cities were suffering for the same reason.

"If the Democrats are going to defend the Radical Left "Squad" and King Elijah's Baltimore Fail, it will be a long road to 2020", he said.

"There's no strategy, I have no strategy, there's zero strategy", he said.

Maryland's Republican Governor Larry Hogan called Trump's attacks on Baltimore "outrageous and inappropriate".

Trump's acting chief of staff Mick Mulvaney on Sunday defended the president, saying the tweets against Cummings were not racist. His weekly program "PoliticsNation" airs Sundays.

"Our President has a hate agenda".

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