Democratic Rep. Elijah Cummings declined an offer to tour a Baltimore Maryland (HUD) facility with Housing and Urban Development secretary Ben Carson on Wednesday.
Cummings was invited to tour the facility with Secretary Carson on Tuesday, but Cummings rejected the invitation, the Daily Caller has learned.
The Daily Caller reported exclusively on Tuesday that Carson would visit Baltimore in the wake of President Donald Trump’s tweets calling the city a “rodent infested mess” in which no human being would want to live. Critics accused the president of employing racist attacks against the Maryland city and against Rep. Cummings.
Carson defended the president’s comments, telling Fox, “While I was there, I worked on a lot of issues with many politicians, including Elijah Cummings, particularly in terms of childhood education and improving the life for the people … why not spend some time working more for these people, you know, who are suffering?”
Trump also recently said that he plans to visit Baltimore “at the right time.”
Carson said that he did not know why Cummings did attend the tour when asked, but guessed there may have been a scheduling issue.