Baltimore, Md., Jul 29, 2019 / 10:35 am America/Denver (CNA).
Archbishop William E. Lori of Baltimore issued a statement Saturday rebutting a tweet from President Donald Trump that claimed that the city is infested with both crime and rats.
“It saddens me to see Baltimore severely denigrated by President Trump. Baltimore is near and dear to my heart” said Lori. “It is hometown to more than half a million people.”
Lori acknowledged that “Baltimore has its tragedies and challenges” in addition to its “strengths and opportunities.”
“Many good people are working together to address Baltimore’s challenges and to build on its strengths. They deserve the support of elected officials and their fellow citizens,” he said.
On Saturday, Trump tweeted that he believed Rep. Elijiah Cummings (D-MD) is a “brutal bully,” and that his district, Maryland’s 7th, is “FAR WORSE and more dangerous” than the southern border. Cummings and Trump had butted heads regarding policy at the border.