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Mark Meadows breaks his silence on Trump's attacks on Cummings in the text to the CNN commentator



Meadows, who was involved in the fight between Trump and Cummings because of his close relationship with both men, said in a text message to CNN political commentator Rick Santorum, a former Republican Senator from Pennsylvania, that Monday's news on CNNs "The Lead with Jake Tapper" read.

Santorum said Meadows had given him permission to read the message publicly.

"Nobody works harder for his district than Elijah," Meadows said in the text message. "He is passionately interested in the people he represents, and no, Elijah is not a racist, I'm friends with President Trump and Chairman Cummings, I know both well and no one is a racist."

On Saturday, Trump had the chairman of the House Oversight Committee, Cummings, who had recently denounced the conditions at the border. Trump suggested that conditions in Cumming's district, which is mostly black and includes parts of Baltimore, are "far worse and more dangerous" than at the US-Mexico border, calling it a "very dangerous and dirty place."

Santorum said Meadows had also offered to go to Baltimore with Trump to evaluate the city.

Earlier this year, Cummings defended Meadows after Rep. Rashida Tlaib, a Michigan-born Democrat, accused him of using a black woman as a "prop" to refute allegations of racism against Trump.

"You're one of my best friends, I know a lot of people are shocked," Cummings said after the Meadows incident.

"And so does Mr. Chairman," Meadows replied.

Trump has recently attacked minority legislators and leaders to define the Democratic Party while strengthening its base prior to the 2020 presidential election.


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