US President Donald Trump has denied being a racist, following remarks he made about a black Democratic Congressman and the city of Baltimore.
Mr. Trump had attacked Rep Elijah Cummings, calling Mr. Cummings’ majority-black Baltimore district a
“disgusting, rat and rodent-infested mess”.
Several leading Democrats, including House speaker Nancy Pelosi, criticised the president for his language.
Mr. Trump deflected the criticism, accusing Mr. Cummings of racism.
“There is nothing racist in stating plainly what most people already know, that Elijah Cummings has done a terrible job for the people of his district,” the president wrote in one of several tweets on Sunday.
As chairman of the powerful House Oversight Committee, Mr. Cummings has instigated a series of investigations into the Trump administration, including its handling of migrants at detention centres.
President Trump’s remarks came just weeks after he was criticised for another tweet in which he told four Democratic Congresswomen – all women of colour
– to “go back” to the “crime infested” places they came from.
All four congresswomen are American citizens. Three were born in the US, while one came to the country as a child refugee.