Pelosi defends Baltimore, her childhood home, against Trump’s attacks

WASHINGTON (Reuters) – U.S. House of Representatives Speaker Nancy Pelosi on Thursday defended Baltimore, the city where she grew up, against repeated verbal attacks by President Donald Trump, and she charged that the president’s own son-in-law was a “slumlord” there.

Trump has criticized an African-American congressman, Representative Elijah Cummings, and his district, which includes part of Maryland’s largest city, as a “disgusting, rat and rodent-infested mess” where “no human” would want to live.

“The president, this comes as no surprise, really doesn’t know what he’s talking about,” Pelosi, a Democrat whose father and brother were both mayors of Baltimore, told reporters as she walked through the U.S. Capitol.

“But maybe you could ask his son-in-law, who’s a slumlord there, if he wants to talk about rodent infestations,” Pelosi said, in an apparent reference to Jared Kushner, who is married to Trump’s daughter Ivanka.



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