Q But, Mr. President, the question I wanted to ask was: But what’s the political strategy here? Because this seems to be causing — these attacks seem to be causing a lot of division in the country.
Q The political strategy of —
THE PRESIDENT: — respect to Elijah Cummings?
Q No, I’m talking about your attacks against Elijah Cummings and the tone of the attack.
(@drawandstrike - text from yesterday)
Q Mr. President, you know that Elijah Cummings is not the mayor of Baltimore, so why are you so angry at him about the city? Is it because —
THE PRESIDENT: Elijah Cummings — yeah.
Q — he’s subpoenaing your officials?
Q You sound angry.
THE PRESIDENT: I’m not angry at anybody. I’m just saying, Elijah Cummings has been there for 26 years. He’s really, by far, the highest-ranking politician.
Now, he’s in charge of an Oversight Committee. All I’m saying is take your Oversight Committee and go to Baltimore. You’ll learn a lot.