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Trump Says Billions in Taxpayer Dollars Wasted, Stolen in Cummings’s District

Trump dollars taxpayersPresident Donald Trump on July 30 accused Rep. Elijah Cummings (D-Md.) and other Baltimore politicians of wasting and stealing billions of dollars sent to the city in federal aid.

“It’s been misspent. It’s been missing. It’s been stolen with a lot of corrupt government. And as you know, Cummings has been in charge,” the president told reporters on the White House lawn.

“I think that Representative Cummings should take his Oversight Committee and start doing oversight in Baltimore. He’d find out some real things,” Trump added.

Cummings’ office didn’t immediately respond to a request for comment. Following Trump’s remarks, Cummings shared a pair of opinion pieces on his Twitter account. One is titled “Trump Attacks on Baltimore, Cummings Become Political Litmus Test, with Democratic Presidential Debates Ahead,” and the other is titled “Elijah Cummings Is No Racist.”

Trump’s accusation is the latest in a war of words with Cummings that has lasted for days. It began with the president’s comment on July 27, calling Cummings a “brutal bully” for shouting at federal immigration authorities about the conditions on the southwest border with Mexico. The president said that the conditions are far worse in Cummings’s district, calling it “a disgusting, rat and rodent-infested mess.” Cummings responded to the criticism by saying he fights for his constituents.

Cummings’s district received $16 billion in taxpayer money in 2018, according to Lynne Patton, the regional administrator for the Department of Housing and Urban Development.

“We have given more money in homeless funds to Baltimore than the last administration. We have given more money in community development grants than the last administration to Baltimore,” Patton told Fox News. “My question to you guys is this: What are you actually doing with the money so that it benefits residents in the community for once, instead of deep-pocket crooked politicians?”

In remarks to reporters on the White House lawn on July 30, Trump said, “Baltimore has been very badly mishandled for many years,” and pointed to the city’s former mayors.

Mayor Sheila Dixon, a Democrat, was convicted of misappropriating gift cards in 2009 and resigned in 2010. Mayor Stephanie Rawlings-Blake, also a Democrat, announced that she wouldn’t run for re-election in 2015 after criticism of her handling of the unrest following the death of a man injured in police custody. Catherine Pugh, yet another Democrat, resigned as mayor in May, one week after the FBI raided two of her homes amid controversy surrounding a $500,000 payment she received from the University of Maryland Medical System to publish children’s books.

Trump said the White House has received “thousands” of calls from Baltimore and other cities thanking him for bringing attention to the poor conditions and claims of corruption.

“The White House and myself … have received more phone calls than I think on any other subject of people from Baltimore and many other cities corruptly run by Democrats thanking me for getting involved. Those people are living in hell in Baltimore. They’re largely African American. They have a large African American population. And they really appreciate what I’m doing and they’ve let me know it,” Trump said.

Democrats and establishment media outlets continue to interpret Trump’s comments about Cummings as “racist,” but offer no evidence for the claim. Trump said on July 30 that he is “the least racist person there is anywhere in the world.” The president also touted his administration’s achievements for African Americans, including the historic-low unemployment among African Americans, the creation of opportunity zones that attract investments to low-income areas, and the enactment of criminal justice reforms.

“What I’ve done for African Americans in two and a half years, no president has been able to do anything like it,” Trump said.

A nonprofit operated by Rep. Cummings’s wife, Maya Rockeymoore Cummings, is currently under scrutiny. A Washington-based ethics and transparency watchdog on July 15 asked Maryland Attorney General Brian Frosh to look into a nonprofit and a for-profit firm operated by Rockeymoore Cummings, due to “significant overlap in the projects and revenue of the two entities.”

“Ms. Rockeymoore Cummings’s nonprofit has paid significant management fees to her own for-profit company and she has been paid directly over $200,000,” Kendra Arnold, the executive director at the Foundation for Accountability and Civic Trust, wrote in a letter (pdf) to Frosh.

“This potentially improper financial benefit to Ms. Maya Rockeymoore Cummings and her husband, Representative Elijah Cummings, is serious in nature,” Arnold added.

Frosh’s office didn’t respond to a request for comment.

Cummings is the head of the House Committee on Oversight and Government Reform, one of several Democratic-led committees conducting inquiries targeting the president, his family, his past business dealings, and current and former White House staff. The president’s criticism of Cummings stems partly from these inquiries, which he believes are a waste of time.

“What Elijah Cummings should do is, he should take his Oversight Committee, bring them down to Baltimore and really study the billions and billions of dollars that’s been stolen. It’s been wasted. It’s been stolen. They ought to take that beautiful waste of an oversight committee, go down to Baltimore and other Democratic-run cities and take a look. See if you find the billions that have been stolen,” Trump said.

According to a July poll (pdf) by Morning Consult, 17 percent of black voters approve of Trump’s job performance. Between 1980 and 2004, Republican presidents received between 8 percent and 12 percent of the black vote, according to a report (pdf) by the Joint Center for Political and Economic Studies. That percentage declined to 4 percent and 6 percent during the two elections when President Barack Obama was on the ballot.

Pastor Mark Burns, who supported Trump during the 2016 presidential election, told The Epoch Times that Democrats who keep accusing Trump of racism will help the president’s re-election in 2020.

“It’s one of the greatest things that they can do because there’s no substance to it. The more they cry racism, the more they guarantee Donald Trump is going to be re-elected for four more years,” Burns said. “People see through the foolishness.”

Reprinted with permission from - The Epoch Times - by Ivan Pentchoukov

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Milt
2 years ago

If this ms RMCummings is married to the politician and apparent embezzler Cummings from Baltimore-why would she be listed in print as Ms Cummings?
Instead of the proper legal term Mrs. Cummings? Apparently she is trying to disassociate herself from her husband.

ONTIME
2 years ago

I want to see some revelation on the wife of Elijah Cummings and the use of gov money that funds her charity(?)……I see Cummings as a black caucus parasite and a representative that has been shirking his elected obligations for years….If we are all Americans, then why is it we use any race based caucus or allow them in our government to prove discrimination……?????

T. Wulf
2 years ago

I believe this is happening. I can’t believe nothing gets done about it. Every major Democratic controlled city is the same. Why do we let this crap continue?

Mike Rantala
2 years ago

Where is your research and evidence supporting all your statements above ? And reprinting and quoting Donald Trump is not evidence, and as a matter of fact, considering Trump has told 10,000 plus lies since he took office, I would say quoting him makes your article worthless in regards to truth. Do you research you hacks.

DanM
2 years ago
Reply to  Mike Rantala

Hey Mikey you must be one of the experts that love living in Baltimore? Maybe you and your “research” can tell us all what a great place it is. Your buddies Cummings, Bernie, and an ex Baltimore mayor are also on record about how disgusting Baltimore is. Did you get that in your “research”?
Just call me hack. I’ll call you lame.

Bill
2 years ago

It is time to HOW TO SLASH THE DEBT, RIGHTSIZE THE GOVERNMENT AND GET IT UNDER CONTROL IN A WAY THAT CAN BE EASILY EXPLAINED TO TAX PAYERS AND CAN MINIMIZE THE ABILITY OF THE DEMOCRATS TO FIGHT THE ACTIONS.

The typical response from the Democrats is to raise taxes and fees or borrow more money. Any attempt to cut the budget is greeted with all of the usual threats of cutting funding for the poor, slashing money for police, fire protection and education and now the tax bill which will explode the debt. This is the expected response as it has worked in the past and puts intense pressure on any one trying to reestablish a program of fiscal responsibility. It is once again being raised by the Democrats in Washington and Illinois and all of their sycophants. Unfortunately, this hysteria is just window dressing and will not address the core and fundamental problem which is the bloated federal, state and city bureaucracies including headcount, expanding current programs, constantly adding new programs, crushing regulations and the waste, fraud and payoffs that are endemic. If the debt problem was being addressed correctly it would result in the downsizing or elimination or consolidation of programs, departments and many employees. I would anticipate that enough redundancy, waste, duplication or worthless services, would be identified that their elimination would quickly bring the budget into balance. It would certainly cause an uptick in the unemployment number but these are the challenges the private sector faces daily, a challenge that most bureaucrats have seldom felt.

When a government agency puts a program in place and it turns out to be ineffective, too costly and of limited value the response is to double down and throw more money at it.

When a business puts a program in place that is not meeting objectives, it identifies the problem and either kills it or takes the necessary action to correct the problems and get it back on track.

As part of the process in identifying governmental programs and departments that should be cut or eliminated, the Republicans should use the same criteria that insurance companies must meet in Obamacare. Specifically, the maximum that is allowed for admin expenses is 20% of the premiums collected and benefits paid out. Given that the government does not have to meet a bottom-line profit to stay in business, let alone grow, I would suggest that the admin expenses for government programs be limited to 10% of the benefits (if they even exist) provided. Each department should be required to build a “Zero-based budget” plan every year to justify both its existence and spending programs based upon its contribution to the tax payer and the country and established both short and long-term measurable objectives and returns. I expect that a Zero-based Budgeting Process would cut or eliminate many departments, and duplicate and useless programs. This is a process used by many businesses and I cannot understand why so many of the Republicans in Congress who have a business background do not jump on it as an accepted and proven way to address the debt. I also expect that there would be much waste found in the administration of the “entitlement programs”. By removing this it could make a major contribution to dealing with Medicare, Medicaid and Social Security running out of money. It would also be a significant move forward in dealing with the unsustainable and economy killing debt level. “Zero Based Budgeting”, when implemented correctly and consistently, is like sunlight, silver bullets and a wooden stake through the heart of a vampire.

What is more important saving the bloated government or moving the Country and State to a sustainable fiscal position?

steven jacobs
2 years ago

PEANUTS compared to the waste in the military/industrial complex

DanM
2 years ago
Reply to  steven jacobs

Ya that’s the ticket! Wasting money wherever possible is your brilliant idea…

Bruce Miller
2 years ago

When the former mayor of Baltimore says the district she toured smells like dead rats and when The Bernie tours it and calls it worse than a 3rd world, we don’t hear a peep. But when Trump repeats these descriptions, he’s a racist.

Just keep it coming Radical Far Left…..the voters will figure this out

And how do city officials….if I can call them that….respond to the observation of the district they are responsible for? Easy….just “send us more money”.

Like reparations, more money would only make the problems worse.

Rosa Queen
2 years ago

Baltimore is poster child for clandestine operation of domestic terror groups, some directed by Al Sharpton nationwide, aided by top-down police interference “stand-downs”.

LibertarianJim
2 years ago

Huge sums of money, little or no accountability…of course there is waste and corruption! The system guarantees it! And not just in Cummings’ Baltimore. It has been an epidemic far back into the country’s history. It fuels re-election campaigns.

Shirley
2 years ago

Wow! What an eye opening article. I hope the rest of the country is reading it also and if your city is being run in the ground by corrupt greedy politicians let the President know. We are no longer on Obama time…we are on progressive Trump time.

George
2 years ago

Baltimore and many other Democrats run cities are nothing more than a huge black plantation run by crooked politicians like Cummings and his crooked wife.

Don
2 years ago

This is great information!

Jo Ann Bjorkman
2 years ago

“My question to you guys is this: What are you actually doing with the money so that it benefits residents in the community for once, instead of deep-pocket crooked politicians?” This is another example of why we elected a business man and not a lawyer. 2020 KAG

johnH
2 years ago

Trump talks about fake news & then he creates one Thursday at WH>He stated that the tariffs are not costing US consumers anything. That is not true as consumers/companies are paying for this as they buy products. Trump has such a big ego , I doubt if he will quit the tariffs/trade war with China. The stock market dropped big after his announcement & the tariffs are starting to cost jobs & may hurt the farmers more than can ever be put back together. If you study history, China does not like to be threatened & has the patience to wait out Trump no matter the cost to their people as that is in their culture; We will only make an enemy. Did anyone else notice how big a jump in US trade deficit the last 2-months. Tell the truth on how tariffs are really working. & stop trade war before it is too late to fix Humpty Dumpty.

DanM
2 years ago
Reply to  johnH

China does not like to be threatened? Are you kidding? So just let them continue to take advantage of free markets? Hopefully most Americans understand that standing for what is right can be painful short term.
Besides, Hong Kong is even battling Bejing right now. People like you just want to roll over and give up.

Brenda Blunt
2 years ago

Demos seem to think that it is alright to scream about conditions elsewhere; however, when it is in their backyard, it seems to be a different story!!

Mike
2 years ago

Cummings has always been an outspoken race baiting live on the dole ….. epiomy if what is going wrong with our country. Billions of dollars for programs for rioting looting… unemployed dangerous people who never improve but seem to require more aid as time goes by. Shut the tap on these nasty people!

Dr. C
2 years ago

How does this Black racist Elijah Cummings justify his existence?

Bob L.
2 years ago

Elijah Cummings must have been trained by Charlie Rangel on how to fleece the system.

gin
2 years ago

As a Californian, I don’t trust voting here is done on the up and up…illegals, duplicates, etc. And as for the people voting for the dems, I guess they still round up many on buses for election day and help them do their voting. A lot of these people are below the taxable level for income, so they don’t care. Also after seeing that 2 out of 3 can’t read above the 4th grade level, it seems hopeless.

Ella l Peck
2 years ago

I want to know what happens to all this money. Not only in Baltimore but other cities. That is our hard earned money. Is is not to grease the backs of politicians.

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