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Rep. Cummings says Trump should ‘come to Baltimore’

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BALTIMORE — Maryland Rep. Elijah Cummings took the high road Saturday, inviting President Donald Trump and other Americans to visit Baltimore but declining to respond in kind to the barrage of presidenti­al tweets and comments disparagin­g him and the majority-black city he has long represente­d

“We are a great community,” Cummings, the chairman of the powerful House Oversight committee investigat­ing the administra­tion, said in his first public remarks about the controvers­y as he participat­ed in the midday opening of a small neighborho­od park near his home.

Community leaders and residents gathered to cut the ribbon on a pocket of greenery and flowers, built from what had been a vacant lot often used as a dumping ground for trash. “Come to Baltimore. Do not just criticize us, but come to Baltimore and I promise you, you will be welcomed,” he said.

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