RadioOnFire.com – U.S. Housing and Urban Development Secretary Ben Carson paid a visit to Baltimore to discuss opportunity zones in the city.
Carson’s visit on Tuesday came after nearly a week of tweets and impromptu remarks from President Donald Trump that criticized Baltimore and Rep. Elijah Cummings.
Carson, a former resident of Baltimore, said that he was very pleased to be back in the city, but that the city has many issues. The former Johns Hopkins pediatric neurosurgeon said Baltimore, like a cancer patient, cannot neglect its problems.
“There are problems in Baltimore and we can’t sweep them under the rug,” said Carson in front of reporters while visiting west Baltimore
He toured a high-rise building that’s home to seniors and individuals with disabilities. His visit was not welcomed by everyone.
A neighboring church demanded that Carson’s press conference be moved off their lot.
Carson said that the president is willing to work with Cummings to improve conditions in Baltimore.
“I would love for him (the president) to come and first of all just tour and have the opportunity to see things that worked and things that don’t work.”
Last week, Cummings and Rep. Rashida Tlaib, of Michigan, introduced a bill aimed at eliminating lead poisoning in opportunity zones. There are 42 Census tracts in Baltimore that are designated as opportunity zones.