The Housing and Urban Development Secretary Ben Carson has backed up President Trump’s summary of Baltimore, which he described in his tweets over the weekend as a “disgusting, rat and rodent-infested mess,” adding that “no human being would want to live there.”

Carson appeared on Fox News on Monday, July 29, to defend the president and praised the Trump administration for its efforts to rehabilitate and restore suffering and troubled areas in the United States.

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Former Republican presidential candidate Dr. Ben Carson speaks before Republican presidential candidate Donald Trump’s arrival at a campaign rally in Manchester, N.H., on Aug. 25, 2016. (Gerald Herbert/AP Photo, File)

Carson, himself a former Baltimore resident, spent almost 30 years working at Johns Hopkins Hospital, Baltimore, and he described how as a pediatric neurosurgeon he had the horror of sending his young patients back home after surgery, “Because some of those kids had to go back into homes in East Baltimore that were infested with rats and roaches and ticks and mold and lead and violence, and I didn’t want to send them back,” Carson said, speaking to Fox News anchor Tucker Carlson. “Sometimes I would even consider extra tests so they could stay in the hospital an extra day or two.” 

Before the president left the White House for a ceremony in Jamestown on Tuesday to commemorate 400 years of democracy in the United States, he told reporters he is “the least racist person anywhere in the world,” and defended his stance on the corruption evident in Baltimore.

 

President Donald Trump talks with reporters before departing for an event to celebrate the 400th anniversary celebration of the first representative assembly at Jamestown, on the South Lawn of the White House, on July 30, 2019. (AP Photo/Evan Vucci)

“What I’ve done for African Americans, in two and a half years, no president has been able to do anything like it,” said President Trump, adding that thousands of African Americans have thanked him, they were as “happy as hell” that he was shining a spotlight on “the corrupt politics of Baltimore.” 

“Baltimore is an example of what corrupt government leads to. Billions of dollars have been given, and I feel so sorry for the people of Baltimore.”

President Trump suggested Cummings take a good look where the money has gone. “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.” 

Carson agreed with President Trump’s assessment of Baltimore and said the city is in a very bad state.

“I don’t think Elijah Cummings is a bad person, I think he actually is working hard to try to help people and I certainly don’t think President Trump is a bad person,” Carson said. “In fact, I asked him today, would you be willing to work with Elijah Cummings to bring some relief to the people of Baltimore? He said he would be happy to.”

In a recent interview on Fox News’ “America’s Newsroom,” Carson said, “I have an advantage of knowing the president very well, and he’s not a racist.”