Donald Trump escalates row over ‘rat infested’ Baltimore and its representative Elijah Cummings

Donald Trump has escalated a row in which he accused a black Democrat congressman of failing Baltimore, a city the US president described as a "rat and rodent infested mess" where "no human being would want to live."

Democrats, including House Speaker Nancy Pelosi, accused the US president of making "disgusting and racist" remarks and of having a "hate agenda".

There was also anger in Baltimore itself. The local newspaper, the Baltimore Sun, declared: "Better to have some vermin living in your neighborhood than to be one."

The White House said it was entirely fair for Mr Trump to attack the congressman, Elijah Cummings, because he had been a vocal critic of the president’s immigration policies…

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