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Trump’s ‘rat-infested mess’ attack was racist, declares speaker

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The US House speaker has defended Democratic colleague Elijah Cummings after he was criticised by Donald Trump who called his district a "disgusting, rat and rodent infested mess".

Nancy Pelosi described the words the US president used on Twitter against the African-American politician and his Maryland district as "racist attacks".

She said US representative Mr Cummings was a "champion in the Congress and the country for civil rights and economic justice, a beloved leader in Baltimore, and deeply valued colleague".

Image: US representative Elijah Cummings is chairman of the House oversight committee

She added: "We all reject racist attacks against him and support his steadfast leadership."

Mrs Pelosi was born in Baltimore and is the daughter of a former mayor of the city.

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Her words came after Mr Trump lashed out at Mr Cummings, the chairman of the House oversight committee, which is undertaking several investigations into the president's dealings.

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He said Mr Cummings' 7th congressional district, which includes half of Baltimore, was "considered the worst run and most dangerous anywhere in the United States" and a "disgusting, rat and rodent infested mess".

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Around 55% of people living in the district are black and it has struggled to deal with a high rate of violent crime.

But Baltimore mayor Bernard C Young also attacked Mr Trump, saying he was a "disappointment to the people of Baltimore, our country, and to the world".

"It's completely unacceptable for the political leader of our country to denigrate a vibrant American city like Baltimore, and to viciously attack US Representative Elijah Cummings – a patriot and a hero."

The president said Mr Cummings was a "brutal bully" for criticising the treatment of migrants at the border with Mexico.

U.S. President Trump departs for travel to Milwaukee, Wisconsin at the White House in Washington
Image: Donald Trump said Mr Cummings' district was a 'disgusting, rat and rodent infested mess'

Mr Cummings has also come under fire from Mr Trump since his committee vRead More – Source

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