CNN's Jake Tapper Calls Trump 'Lazy' for Forgetting About Kushner's Baltimore Rat Infestations Before Attacking the City

CNN host Jake Tapper on Monday mocked President Donald Trump for apparently forgetting that his son-in-law Jared Kushner's family owns thousands of apartments in Baltimore, before slamming the city as a "rat and rodent infested mess" over the weekend.

"President Trump slammed the city of Baltimore as a 'rat and rodent infested mess' and perhaps forgot that it's also the place where his son-in-law Jared Kushner's family owns thousands of apartments," Tapper said during a segment on Monday's The Lead With Jake Tapper.

"Properties that, as CNN's Randi Kaye reports for us now, have had hundreds of code violations, including for rat and rodent infestations," the host continued, adding that although "Kushner resigned as CEO of Kushner Companies upon joining the Trump administration, he retains financial interest in the Baltimore area properties."

Tapper then aired a news package in Baltimore. "Maggots, mice and mold. That is what tenants in the Baltimore area say they have experienced in properties owned by Kushner Companies, as in Jared Kushner, the president's son-in-law," Kaye said in the segment's opening voiceover. The reporter goes on to interview Baltimore County Executive John Olszewski.

In a series of tweets on Saturday, Trump attacked Democratic congressman Elijah Cummings and his hometown district of Baltimore. The president's tweets came after the lawmaker, who's chair of the House Oversight Committee and one of Trump's loudest critics in Congress, called the treatment of migrant children near the southern U.S.-Mexico border "government-sponsored child abuse."

"His Baltimore district is FAR WORSE and more dangerous. His district is considered the Worst in the USA," Trump tweeted. "Cumming['s] District is a disgusting, rat and rodent infested mess. If he spent more time in Baltimore, maybe he could help clean up this very dangerous & filthy place."

Commenting on the president's remarks, Olszewski said: "It's particularly ironic that the president's making these comments, when we know here is Baltimore county in 2017 that his son-in-law directly attributed to some of the neglect that the president purportedly is so concerned about."

Kaye noted that in 2017 "Baltimore county found more than 200 code violations by Kushner Companies at its various properties, everything from lack of plumbing to rodent infestations."

Reporting from outside one of the properties, Kaye said that a former tenant of that residence told the New York Times and ProPublica in 2017 that her apartment was "infested with mice," saying it was "so bad there were mouse droppings everywhere, mice in the laundry hamper and mice in her daughter's bed."

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CNN host Jake Tapper on Monday mocked President Donald Trump for possibly forgetting about the apartments his son-in-law Jared Kushner's family owns in Baltimore, before attacking the city in a series of tweets over the weekend. CNN/Screenshot
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