Ask ‘slumlord’ Jared Kushner: Pelosi criticizes Trump’s Baltimore comments – USA TODAY
President Trump told the Washington Post that the city of Baltimore was worse than Honduras in terms of violent crime, pointing to some crime statistics.
WASHINGTONÂ â House Speaker Nancy Pelosi criticized President Donald Trump’s verbal attacks on Rep. Elijah Cummings and Baltimore, saying that the president should talk to his “slumlord” son-in-law Jared Kushner about conditions affecting residents in the Maryland city.
âThe president â this comes as no surprise â really doesnât know what heâs talking about,â Pelosi, D-Calif., told reporters Thursday. âBut maybe you could ask his son-in-law, who is a slumlord there, if he wants to talk about rodent infestations.â
Kushner is also a senior adviser to the president.
Trump over the weekend criticized Baltimore asÂ “a disgusting, rat and rodent infested mess,” and said Cummings, who represents a portion of the city, isn’t doing enough to help it.
Trump has repeatedly doubled down on the statements and attacks directed at the African American Democrat and the majority Black city. Many have criticizedÂ Trump’s remarks as racist but the president denies that they are.
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Pelosi was referencing complaints about apartments and townhomes that the KushnerÂ familyÂ real estate firm ownsÂ in the Baltimore area. Residents in the past have complained of mold,Â leaks and mice, according to a 2017 investigationÂ by the New York Times and ProPublica.Â
In 2017, Kushner’s firm violated housing codes more than 200 times in just 10 months, according to a release issued by the Baltimore County government. The company only moved toÂ fix the problems after being threatened with fines, the release continued.
Pelosi has repeatedly pushed back against Trump’s characterizations of Baltimore, the city where the Democratic leader was born and raised. Pelosi’s fatherÂ Thomas DâAlesandro Jr.,Â was a congressman who represented parts of Baltimore and was later elected as mayor of the city.
Pelosi’s brother,Â Thomas J. DâAlesandro III, also later served as mayor of Baltimore.
Thursday, the House speaker continued to defend Cummings asÂ âa pride of Baltimore.”
“To see the president demean a great leader like Elijah Cummings shows his own insecurity and his own lack of understanding about what progress really is,” Pelosi said.
“You really have to consider the source,” she concluded.
Contributing: Associated Press
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