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White House defends Trump's Baltimore insults

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Published on July 28, 2019 - Duration: 01:36s

White House defends Trump's Baltimore insults

White House acting chief of staff Mick Mulvaney on Sunday said he understood why the president's attacks on a predominately African-American Congressional district could be perceived as racist, but said the insults toward Baltimore were not about race.

Zachary Goelman reports.

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White House defends Trump's Baltimore insults

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NO USE ABC, CNN, FOX, UNIVISION, TELEMUNDO, BBC AMERICA, NBC, OR THEIR DIGITAL/MOBILE PLATFORMS.**~ The White House on Sunday forced to defend fresh tweets by the president after Donald Trump's latest attacks on minority Democrats.

Over the weekend Donald Trump fired off more than a dozen tweets against House Oversight Committee Chairman Elijah Cummings, who represents predominately African-American parts of Baltimore.

Trump called Cummings's district "rat infested" and claimed "no human being would want to live there." (SOUNDBITE) (English) EXCHANGE BETWEEN CBS NEWS ANCHOR MARGARET BRENNAN AND WHITE HOUSE CHIEF OF STAFF MICK MULVANEY: Brennan: "No human being would want to live there." Mulvaney: "When Donald Trump attacks people-" Brennan: "This is being perceived as racist.

Do you understand why?" Mulvaney: "I understand why.

But that doesn't mean that it's racist.

The president is pushing back against what he sees as wrong.

It's how he's done it in the past, and he'll continue to do it in the future." The White House acting chief of staff Mick Mulvaney told CBS News on Sunday the president was angry about Representative Cummings's criticism over conditions at U.S. immigration detention centers.

The mayor of Baltimore saw it differently.

(SOUNDBITE) (English) BALTIMORE MAYOR BERNARD YOUNG, saying (Saturday): "This president has had a history of attacking minorities.

He attacked the Congresswomen, he's attacking Elijah Cummings.

Who else is he going to attack?" Trump ignited a backlash when he targeted four progressive Democratic Congresswomen - who are either black, Hispanic, or Muslim - suggesting they go back to the places they came from.

Injecting divisive rhetoric widely criticized as racist has worried some Republicans as political parties enter the 2020 presidential race.

But advisers close to the president told the Washington Post the tone may appeal to white working-class voters.

Trump's latest attack on Cummings and his district sparked a backlash from Baltimore residents, who tweeted their hometown pride with the hashtag #WeAreBaltimore.

The Baltimore Sun authored an editorial lambasting the president, ending with the line, "[b]etter to have some vermin living in your neighborhood than to be one."

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