- The Washington Times - Friday, August 2, 2019

President Trump said Friday he wasn’t trying to be a “wiseguy” when he tweeted with apparent sarcasm about a burglary at the Baltimore home of Democratic Rep. Elijah Cummings.

His tweet about the break-in at the lawmaker’s house was “really just a repeat of what I heard on the news,” the president told reporters, and “was not meant as a wiseguy tweet.”

Earlier Friday, Mr. Trump commented on Twitter: “Really bad news! The Baltimore house of Elijah Cummings was robbed. Too bad!”

The president has been in a running feud with Mr. Cummings, chairman of the House Oversight and Reform Committee, over living conditions and corruption in the city. Mr. Trump has called Baltimore a “rat- and rodent-infested mess,” prompting accusations of racism from the lawmaker.

Former U.N. Ambassador Nikki Haley said the president’s sarcastic comment about the burglary was “unnecessary.”

Democratic National Committee Chairman Tom Perez scoffed at Mr. Trump’s latest attack tweet.

“This president is unbelievably small. Stop tweeting and start solving problems,” he said in a statement.

Mr. Cummings confirmed Friday that an intruder tried to break in through his front door before being scared off by the lawmaker’s shouts.

“An individual attempted to gain entry into my residence at approximately 3:40 AM on Saturday, July 27,” Mr. Cummings said in a statement. “I was notified of the intrusion by my security system, and I scared the intruder away by yelling before the person gained entry into the residential portion of the house.”

He thanked Baltimore police for their response and asked that any inquiries be directed to the department.

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