House Republicans will hold their retreat in Baltimore this week, and President Donald Trump is scheduled to visit the city, where he criticized a Democratic lawmaker less than two months ealier, to join the event.
The Baltimore Sun citing the White House reported President Trump would deliver remarks at the 2019 House Republican Conference Member Retreat Dinner scheduled for Thursday through Sunday (Sep. 12-15) at the Baltimore Marriott Waterfront Hotel in Harbor East.
A spokeswoman for the retreat said the sessions will be closed to the media.
“Some of the issues lawmakers will discuss are the issues that are foremost in Americans’ minds, such as health care, growing the economy and national security,” said Mark Strand, president of the nonprofit Congressional Institute, which sponsors the retreat.
Previous retreats have also helped produce legislative proposals on taxes and health care.
The retreat this year was initially scheduled for late January in West Virginia, but was postponed due to the partial federal government shutdown.
The planned visit by President Trump comes after he blasted Rep. Elijah Cummings in late July, saying the Democratic lawmaker was doing nothing for his badly run Baltimore district.
“Cummings District is a disgusting, rat and rodent infested mess. If he spent more time in Baltimore, maybe he could help clean up this very dangerous & filthy place,” President Trump tweeted on July 27 in a response to what the lawmaker had criticized the conditions of migrant detention facilities at the U.S.-Mexico border.
“Why is so much money sent to the Elijah Cummings district when it is considered the worst run and most dangerous anywhere in the United States. No human being would want to live there. Where is all this money going? How much is stolen? Investigate this corrupt mess immediately,” the president added.
Rep, Elijah Cummings has been a brutal bully, shouting and screaming at the great men & women of Border Patrol about conditions at the Southern Border, when actually his Baltimore district is FAR WORSE and more dangerous. His district is considered the Worst in the USA……
— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) July 27, 2019
Before the visit this week, President Trump visited Baltimore several times, according to the Baltimore Sun.
The president attended the Army-Navy football game at M&T Bank Stadium shortly after he won the 2016 election. A few months before that, candidate Trump spoke to the National Guard Association of the United States, which held a conference downtown. He then popped over to Dundalk in Baltimore County for lunch at a diner with local politicians and supporters. And more recently, President Trump considered visiting Baltimore last December to discuss urban revitalization at the invitation of Pastor Donte Hickman, but the event was called off.