Trump mocks Democrats, vows new tax cut on trip to Baltimore

Does Trump Have a 94 Percent Approval Rating with Republicans?

Does Trump Have a 94 Percent Approval Rating with Republicans?

The real estate broker and one-time Republican candidate for Congress, who attracted national attention in 2016 after Trump's comments at a rally in Redding, California, now plans to run as an independent in the House of Representatives next year.

President Donald Trump on Thursday is making his first visit to Baltimore since describing it almost two months ago as a "disgusting, rat and rodent infested mess" where "no human being would want to live".

'President Trump is a rich guy who is mired in white privilege to the extreme, ' Cheadle said.

The chilly reception came after Trump lashed out on Twitter at Elijah Cummings, a prominent African-American congressman from Baltimore, calling him a "brutal bully" who should concentrate on cleaning up his "disgusting, rat and rodent infested" district rather than criticizing the work of US immigration officers on the Mexican border.

Leaving the Republicans: Gregory Cheadle is running for a House seat in California as an independent - after nearly 20 years in the GOP.

President Donald Trump sought to boost the spirits of Republican lawmakers Thursday, mocking Democrats and promising a new tax cut package, as he returned to the city he recently disparaged as a "rat and rodent infested mess".

The White House has defended the president on both counts, claiming neither his attacks on the "squad" of freshmen representatives or Cummings were racially charged.

"They were sidestepping the people of color issues and saying that, 'No, its not racist, '" he said about members of the Republican party.

Critics said the president's language was racist, a charge the president subsequently lobbed at Democratic opponents.

"He's here today to talk about opportunity zones, where he's going to clean up the most disgusting parts of this city - and I've lived here all my life and there are a lot of disgusting parts", he said.

Cheadle also said he hoped Trump would nominate a more diverse batch of judges.

Cheadle told PBS NewsHour on Thursday: "When you look at his appointments for the bench: white, white, white, white, white, white, white". "And I thought this is a classic case of whites not seeing racism because they want to put blinders on and make it about something else".

Trump, Cheadle says, has a "pro-white" agenda. He says in 2020 he will support any candidate that will help African Americans, irrelevant of party. "The overwhelming majority of people felt offense, which kind of startled me", he told CNN at the time.